SafeWork NSW today announced that the consultation period for the draft horse industry Code of Practice has been extended to until 28 August.

The Code of Practice aims to reduce work-related injuries and fatalities involving horses.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy urged those who had not yet commented on the draft Code to do so.

“Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide between 2000 and 2014, 18 per cent involved people under the age of 20,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Since June 2011, there have been almost 2000 workers compensation claims in NSW for workplace injuries and occupational diseases relating to horses, costing the Scheme $14.3 million.

“The Code of Practice will help workplaces prevent horse-related incidents by ensuring that the risks associated with new and inexperienced riders are adequately managed.

“We have already received significant valuable stakeholder feedback and input on the draft Code.

“The extension will give those who have not yet provided comment time to do so plus enable those who have already provided feedback the opportunity to provide additional comment.”

The initial public consultation period was due to end on 30 June 2016. Consultation now closes on 28 August.

To view the draft Code of Practice for Managing Risks When New and Inexperienced Persons Interact with Horses or provide feedback visit www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au.

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