Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide between 2000 and 2014, 18 per cent involved people under the age of 20.
“The code will help prevent horse-related injuries and fatalities among beginner and inexperienced riders in the workplace,” said NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said.
“It aims to ensure that the temperament of the horse and the experience of the rider are adequately matched.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson, who played a strong facilitative role during the consultations, said the Code would help improve workplace safety.
“Numerous businesses across the state offer horse-related activities and this code provides them with practical tools to ensure they are complying with their work health and safety obligations and doing everything they can to prevent injuries and fatalities,” he said.
Common safety risks when working with horses addressed in the code include falling from a horse; incorrect use of riding equipment and tack; and a horse bolting or becoming agitated.
The code of practice will come into effect on 1 February 2017, and further information is available on the SafeWork NSW horse safety webpage.
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