FREE ADVICE ON HOW TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY FROM FARM MACHINERY
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is offering rural producers free advice on how to avoid incidents involving mobile farm machinery that could endanger their livelihoods and even their lives.
Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations John Mickel said 14 free seminars on "Managing risk from mobile plant in rural workplaces" will be conducted throughout Queensland during November.
"Mobile plant, such as tractors and all terrain vehicles, is the major cause of death and serious injury in rural workplaces," Mr Mickel said.
"Education activities such as these seminars, along with regular industry audits, are part of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's ongoing rural industry safety intervention plan.
"Rural producers should try to make time to get along to one of these seminars. They'll get an opportunity to talk face-to-face with specialist rural inspectors and get practical advice about their specific health and safety concerns."
The seminars will cover:
• How to identify the major risks from rural mobile plant
• How to implement sound health and safety management practices on farms
• Current laws and how they apply to the rural industry
• Key issues uncovered during previous audits of rural mobile plant
• Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) on tractors - mandatory from 1 July 2007
• Practical risk management exercise.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will also be conducting a statewide audit of mobile plant in November, including the safe design of elevated work platforms and compliance with guarding and the new ROPs regulation.
Inspectors will assess how well workplace health and safety management practices are being implemented to ensure the safe use of mobile plant in the vegetable, fruit, grain, cotton and sugar cane growing sectors and the grain-sheep, grain-beef and dairy cattle farming sectors.
Book into a seminar online at www.deir.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 915.
FREE SEMINARS - MANAGING MOBILE PLANT RISK IN RURAL WORKPLACES
Bookings: Online at www.deir.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 915
Bowen: Monday, 6 November, 2-5pm
Department of Primary Industries, Warwick Road, Delta
Ingham: Thursday, 9 November, 2-5pm
Ingham RSL Club, 4 Hawkins Street, Ingham
Longreach: Thursday, 9 November, 9am-Noon
The Longreach Club, 31 Duck Street, Longreach
Warwick: Thursday, 9 November, 2-5pm
RSL Services & Citizens Memorial Club, King & Albion Streets, Warwick
Blackall: Friday, 10 November, 9am-Noon
Blackall Memorial and Sports Club, 9 Coronation Drive, Blackall
Boonah: Tuesday, 14 November, 2-5pm
Boonah Cultural Centre, 3 High Street, Boonah
Beerwah: Tuesday, 14 November, 2-5pm
Beerwah RSL, Beerwah Parade, Beerwah
Gayndah: Thursday, 16 November, 2-5pm
Gayndah Town Hall Supper Room, 34 Capper Street, Gayndah
Theodore: Monday, 20 November, 2-5pm
Theodore Hotel, The Boulevard, Theodore
Toowoomba: Tuesday, 21 November, 2-5pm
Maher Room, The Cathedral Centre, 123 Neil Street, Toowoomba
Dalby: Thursday, 23 November, 2-5pm
RSL Memorial and Ex-Services Club, 68 Drayton Street, Dalby
Clermont: Friday, 24 November, 9am-Noon
Clermont Club, 48 Sirius Street, Clermont
Atherton: Tuesday, 28 November, 6-9pm
Atherton International Club, Kennedy Highway, Atherton
Innisfail: Thursday, 30 November, 6-9pm
Innisfail RSL, 18 Fitzgerald Esplanade, Innisfail
Beerwah RSL, Not Assigned
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