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A week to reflect on how safe your farm is



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16th July, 2012    A WEEK TO REFLECT ON HOW SAFE YOUR FARM IS

  This week is National Farm Safety Week, and the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams says there is no better time to be aware of the dangers that are present every day on the farm.   He said statistics show there has been a reduction in on-farm fatalities from an average of 146 annually in the 1990's to around 60 last year.   

Senator Williams said while this is encouraging it still means 60 families lost someone dear to them in accidents that in many cases could have been avoided.   

He said he is not surprised that where once tractors were the common denominator in most farm deaths, quad bike accidents took more lives last year, and already 8 people have been killed this year.   

"When I was farming I was conscious of safety when using chainsaws and power tools, and drafting and loading cattle have also posed dangers.   

Yet it was on a motorcycle riding through a paddock and losing the front wheel down a hole that resulted in my most serious injury on the farm.   

Having been catapulted over the bike I was left with a severe facial injury but I know it could have been worse. Accidents happen when you least expect them and generally when your attention is diverted elsewhere.   

Children are also losing their lives on the farm because they are inquisitive by nature and want to get out at a young age and help dad.   

You cannot accident-proof a farm but you can be aware of the risks and take as many safety precautions as possible", Senator Williams said   

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Contact Senator Williams on 0427 029 918 or Greg Kachel on 0428 253 560