Identify risks that could affect your farm and see how to manage them.
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On average, six to seven farmers are killed every year in New Zealand when using farm tractors. The majority of injuries involving farm tractors are caused by tractors rolling over or people being tangled in implements and machinery.
The workers accommodation is considered a workplace under the law. The farmer must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of the accommodation.
Farmers must make sure that farm buildings and their immediate surrounding areas are safe for any person, including visitors. These areas are a workplace (whether or not work is going on at the time)
Petrol and diesel are hazardous substances with rules you need to follow when storing on-farm.
Back injuries, sprains, strains and hand wounds are the leading injuries associated with sheep shearing. These can be avoided by using the correct techniques when manually handling sheep and regularly checking and maintaining shearing equipment.
On average, five people are killed on New Zealand farms each year in work-related quad bike accidents. In addition there are more than 100 severe injuries each year on New Zealand farms.
If a helicopter is going to be working on your farm, always warn the pilot of any power lines or low hanging wires they may encounter on your property.
Hidden hazards, such as old machinery obscured by long grass, can lead to serious injury or death.
Every year, many people are hurt by cattle, mostly when cattle kick or crush them. Some get serious injuries, like broken bones, and people have been killed. Even skilled cattle handlers take knocks or kicks during their careers.
You must make sure seasonal workers are appropriately inducted and aware of the health and safety procedures in your workplace, especially if English is not their first language.
Accidents involving horses are often serious. Spinal injuries and serious head injuries can result from falls from horses and they can kick with such force that they can easily break bones and sometimes kill.
Sheep can be unpredictable and can injure people.
Farmers have a responsibility to warn contractors about any risks that previous or current farm work poses to them while they are at work, when they are on the farm or you know they are coming on the farm.
Make sure farm dogs are vaccinated and well trained.
Farmers have duties towards health and safety whenever work is carried out on the farm. When an event is being held, farmers must take reasonably practicable steps to make sure that the relevant area is safe.
People working in farm dairies are exposed to risks involving machinery and moving parts, animals, slips, trips and falls, exoskeletal injuries, electrical and chemical hazards and burns from hot water.
People visiting your farm have a responsibility to take reasonable care that their actions (or lack of actions) do not put themselves or others at risk, (e.g.. leaving paddock gates open). Visitors must comply with any reasonable instruction given by the farmer, as far as they're reasonably able to.
Maintain airstrips on farm and check for hazards before use by aircraft including: potholes, obstacles, stock, low hanging wires and long grass.
Power lines carry electricity essential to the daily running of the farm. Electricity should always be treated with respect and care, especially when working near power lines.
Many farms have small stands of planted trees (woodlots) that were planted 25 to 40 years ago as part of diversification.
Stressed deer can be hazardous to their handlers. Stress is also one of the biggest killers of deer in New Zealand.
Every year on average there are 10 deaths on farms caused by farm vehicles. Just one lapse of judgement could cost you your health, your livelihood, or even your life.
Children are a vital component of farming family life and WorkSafe does not want to change this. The known risks on farms are best understood by farmers, and this includes risks to children.
Poorly managed waste and effluent systems affect everyone's health on the dairy farm. It's important to design and set up an effective waste and effluent system, including managing dairy effluent ponds.
Silos are one of a number of potential confined spaces on farms. Appropriate steps need to be taken before and while working in confined spaces.
If you do not inspect and maintain the bridges and culverts on your property, you are putting people at risk.
Always be vigilant for natural hazards on the farm and have emergency procedures in place.