Spotlight on safety for women in agriculture

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2022 - 12:45
Policy & legislation
New South Wales

The NSW Government recently launched a series of events for women in agriculture focusing on safety while working in rural settings.

The “women in agriculture lunch and learn” series will be held across regional towns until 15 July and is being conducted in partnership with Essential Energy.

NSW Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said women have a huge influence on improved health and safety outcomes of rural workplaces.

“Farming workplaces bring their own unique set of safety challenges as both a workplace and the family home,” Taylor said.

“Women are often the centre of making business decisions, running the farm, and managing family life throughout the day, playing a critical role in building a culture of safety.”

Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the series will cover issues including working near electricity, emergency preparedness and response, safety around farm vehicles, and at-risk workers and contractors.

“After the success of last year’s inaugural sessions, we have almost doubled the number of events this year to expand our reach to more women across regional towns,” Petinos said.

“Tragically, farming accounts for one in every five worker deaths. That’s why these events are so important for the women at the centre of farming families – to provide essential safety resources and encourage safe farming practices.”

Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said a thriving agriculture industry must prioritise the safety of farming families.

“These sessions are an opportunity to hold real discussions around the prevention of injury in the agricultural community, I encourage everyone to register and take part in this important initiative,” Saunders said.