DANGEROUS JOB: CQ farmers warned not to take silly risks
CLERMONT farmer Peter Anderson drums into his young workers to be constantly alert and on the lookout for risks in his industry.
That sound advice has seen the workers on his beef and dry land cropping farm stay free from major farming injuries.
"You are always thinking about the risks involved in whatever you are doing in your head," Peter said.
"And I drill that into all my young workers. I've only had one guy break his wrist and one guy sprain his ankle. Two in a long time, apart from guys falling off horses and motorbikes I have been pretty lucky."
Nine farm fatalities have already been reported in Queensland alone this year including the tragic death of two children.
Sunday is the start of National Farm Safe Week and is an important reminder to Central Queensland farmers to make their workplace safe and reduce preventable work accidents.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Rockhampton senior associate Meghan Rothery said the theme for the week was "safe farms save lives".
"Sadly, many farm accidents are preventable, yet the impacts for local communities affected and businesses can be devastating," Ms Rothery said.
"Many people working in faming have to regularly manage or use large equipment such as tractors and quad bikes or work in unpredictable environments including working with live animals or in isolated or remote areas.
"So it is important that the proper training and safety procedures are in place to protect people.
"Unfortunately quad bike accidents in particular continue to remain among the leading cause of death and serious injury on farms and ensuring these machines are operated appropriately and that operators are properly trained in how to use bikes safely, including wearing helmets, is key."
On the Anderson farm, helmets are enforced - but large cattle and machinery is a risk.
"Working on a farm is physical and there are inherent risks, especially livestock and machinery," the farmer of 30 years said.
"Animals can weigh 600-800kgs, you just have to manage those risks.
"There is a stigma about farmers being 'tough, country people' but thinking like that will get you into trouble.
"If you are alone you can't take silly risks, just think about the consequences.
"We all wear helmets on our quads and we are fortunate enough out here to get good mobile phone coverage."
In 2015 there were 55 deaths in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries, up 12 from 2014. This year, 23 workers around the country have died.
Year-to-date workplace deaths
Agriculture, forestry and fishing- 23
Transport, postal and warehousing= 25
Arts and rec- 5
Electricity, gas, water and waste- 4