Hunter farmers could be up to $2,500 better off if they visit SafeWork NSW’s stand at the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Tocal Field Days from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th May, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today.
All eligible farmers and farm workers who visit the stand could qualify for SafeWork NSW’s quad bike and small business rebates valued at up to $2,500.
Mr MacDonald said SafeWork NSW was committed to working with the farming sector to improve safety.
“The farming sector is critical to the Hunter economy,” Mr MacDonald said.
“In 2015/16 NSW agricultural production was valued at $13.1 billion, representing close to a quarter of all national agricultural production.”
Mr MacDonald said that while the sector makes up just 2.6 per cent of the Australian workforce, sadly, farming accounts for 20 per cent of all worker deaths.
“That figure is unacceptable and it’s critical that we make it easier and cheaper for farmers to adopt safe work practices,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I encourage everyone involved in agriculture that visits Tocal Field Days to have a chat to the SafeWork officers to understand how they could potentially access up to $2,500 in safety rebates to help improve their workplace
As part of SafeWork NSW’s Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, Tocal College is delivering free quad bike safety training across NSW. Each farmer and farm worker that completes the training also receives a free helmet.
“The program also offers two rebates worth up to $1,000 each to farmers who adopt a range of quad bike harm prevention strategies,” Mr MacDonald said.
“SafeWork NSW’s Small Business Rebate Program also offers rebates of up to $500 to farmers who make safety improvements such as installing reversing cameras in a ute or tractor.”
For further information on the Small Business Rebate Program, farm safety, and to download a copy of the Agriculture Work Health and Safety Sector Plan go to www.safework.nsw.gov.au or call 13 10 50.