SA puts safety spotlight on working with livestock

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Sunday, 6 June, 2021 - 12:15
Policy & legislation
South Australia

SafeWork SA has commenced a compliance campaign focusing on the risks associated with livestock handling and transport.

Livestock handling can include working with livestock in paddocks, laneways, yards, cattle transportation, feedlots, abattoirs, saleyards and activities relating to on-farm sales.

Workers and other persons who conduct livestock handling are at risk of sustaining injuries such as bone fractures, bruising, dislocations, crush injuries, lacerations and in some cases may be fatal.

According to data from Safe Work Australia, animals are involved in around 20 per cent of serious injuries in the agriculture sector.

SafeWork SA inspectors will be auditing feedlots, saleyards, abattoirs and livestock exchange facilities to determine if adequate safety control measures are in place to protect workers from injury, including training, manual handling techniques and the provision of appropriate plant and systems of work to separate workers from animals.

The livestock transport industry is faced with high-risk activities and it is vital that they are appropriately managed, said SafeWork SA acting executive director, Glenn Farrell.

“SafeWork SA has recently developed guidelines on livestock handling providing information on managing risks associated with handling livestock and safe design for loading ramps and yards.

“I encourage anyone involved with livestock handling and transport to understand their responsibility and ways to make their workplace safe,” said Farrell.