A large team of WorkSafe inspectors will visit farms in the Cobram region next month to promote the importance of workplace safety during the busy spring season.
In a week-long blitz, about 100 inspections, from November 20 to 24, will be carried out on farms and at small to medium sized businesses in the area to drive home the importance of workplace safety, and provide practical and constructive advice about how to comply with Victoria’s occupational health and safety laws.
The inspections will be particularly significant because more than 50 per cent of workplace fatalities in Victoria so far this year have been on farms.
To help local employers prepare for the visits, WorkSafe will hold an information session at Cobram-Barooga Golf Club on Wednesday, November 1 from noon to 1pm.
Employers will be able to speak one-on-one with inspectors about the steps they can take to prepare for the visits. WorkSafe’s health and safety executive director Marnie Williams said farming was a key sector in the region which prompted the targeted safety campaign.
‘‘We know that farming is a prominent industry in Cobram, but it comes with inherent risks to the health and safety of workers,’’ she said.
‘‘Tractors and their attachments, quad bikes, confined spaces and chemicals all pose a risk and it’s critical that employers are addressing this to prevent a serious injury — or worse.’’
Ms Williams encouraged all businesses to take advantage of the information session to speak to WorkSafe inspectors to ensure they fully understood their obligations.
‘‘Our message to all employers in Cobram is that prevention is key — one life lost or changed forever due to serious injury is one too many,’’ Ms Williams said.
‘‘It is vital employers do everything they can to prevent a serious injury or fatality in their workplace.’’
■Registrations for the information session are essential. To book or for more information, go to: www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/towns