This week the 21 st – 26th of July is National Farm Safety Week. This week is held every year to raise awareness for farm safety issues across Australia. The week provides an opportunity for Farmsafe Australia to address farm safety issues that have a national focus. Farm safety is a massive issue for the health of our farmers and is something that often gets pushed aside.

Why is it often pushed aside you ask?

Farmers are often rushing and wanting to get jobs finished quicker so can take short cuts. They are often tired and fatigued and we know when we are tried our judgement is lacking and can then result in a bad decision which then can result in an accident. And I’m sure you’ve all heard before “I’ve been doing it for years” and they assume accidents won’t happen to them, but it can.

In 2015 – 16, the Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries accounted for 23% of all work-related fatalities – 93% of which were men.

Last week I was lucky enough to speak to Alex Thomas an amazing young rural lady who is taking giant leaps to make improvements for work health and safety in rural industries. Alex is a pastoralists daughter who is a fierce advocate for all things agriculture. She is also a part-time carer for her disabled father and is passionate about empowering rural women and preserving the health and safety of those in rural industries.

– Hayley Dawson, The Rural Naturopath

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