|Issue No 84||16 February 2001|
Rural Safety Campaign Pays Off
By Mary Yaager
A push to raise awareness of the dangers rural workers face has paid off, with the Carr government announcing a half million dollar safety awareness campaign targeting the sector.
John Della Bosca unveiled the campaign urging farmers to conduct a 15 minute user friendly hazard checklist.
"Rural industries are the second highest risk workplace area in NSW - second only to mining," said the Minister, John Della Bosca. "That is why rural safety continues to receive such a high priority in the government's plans for 2001."
"Though most farmers know the numerous dangers inherent in their industry, many are often so busy that they become oblivious to some of those everyday hazards," the Minister said.
Mick Madden, President of the AWU, said "This campaign is long overdue. According to national research two workers die each week on Australian properties and this is just unacceptable."
The AWU has been actively conducting a safety awareness campaign over the last 12 months throughout NSW and were instrumental in getting the Government to initiate this campaign, Mick further stated.
Mick went on to say that this is just the beginning of the union's strategy for improving safety for rural workers. The AWU has recently been successful in getting the Government to agree to introduce occupational health and safety standards to cover rural workers, such as accommodation and amenities, and shearing, which were identified as major issues during the recent campaign.
If you require further information about this campaign or the 15 minute Safety Check List, contact the Rural Safety Hotline on 1800 300 377.
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