In 2016, SafeWork SA and Primary Producers SA forged an important partnership with a shared purpose – to keep our farmers and rural workers safe at work.
The Farmers’ Guidebook is a joint revision of the 2011 guide produced by the South Australian Farmers Federation and the South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association.
There’s no question that farms are unique workplaces, and the combination of hazards makes primary industries one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work. In South Australia 4.5% of the total workforce works in agriculture; however, almost 19% of workplace deaths occur on farms.
This means South Australian farmers are being fatally injured at a rate of almost fve times their share of the workforce. On top of the high fatality rate, every week nine South Australian primary producers are injured seriously enough to access work injury insurance. Frustratingly, the vast majority of fatalities and serious injuries are preventable.
This guide has been developed to help farmers understand their legal responsibilities, as well as provide practical solutions to health and safety issues to help prevent serious or fatal injury on their properties.