Around 80% of Australia's premium wine is produced in South Australia by over 700 wineries. In 2016-17, South Australia's wine industry generated more than $2.3 billion in revenue (Primary Industries and Regions SA).
Together with the grape growing and wine manufacturing sector, we aim to achieve a reduction in workplace injuries by working with industry to provide specific information and support to address common safety issues.
Our easy-to-use work health and safety tool Simple Steps supports wine industry persons conducting a business or undertaking with onsite self-assessment and management of hazards. Our Farmers Guidebook to work health and safety provides additional practical information to prevent injuries.
Vineyard owners and managers need to be prepared for working long hours under pressure, often with the support of contractors and visa workers. Owners and managers must ensure emergency plans are in place and that everyone who enters the workplace is aware of the procedure and what to do.
Workers on vineyards are exposed to many different health and safety risks so it is important to consult when preparing programs to reduce these risks.
Common areas of concern faced by workers in vineyards and wineries include:
- operating equipment on hillsides and uneven terrain
- pushing and lifting heavy bins, tubs, barrels, pumps, hoses, and mixers
- using pruning shears and picking knives
- using hand tools
- working with hazardous chemicals
- entering confined spaces such as wine tanks
- biting insects
- working some distance from immediate help
- working at night and in extreme weather conditions.