Working with animals, feeding stock and maintenance activities all contribute to musculoskeletal injuries. The ageing workforce is a contributing factor to incidence rates.
SafeWork NSW and industry agree to:
- partner with the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) to improve insurer and health provider practices to reduce the cost and duration of claims for injured farm workers
- develop initiatives designed specifically for ageing farmers that prevent musculoskeletal injuries, support recovery and make work easier
- raise awareness of the on-farm issues leading to musculoskeletal injuries and the types of practical controls that can be implemented on farm to reduce harm
- work with industry sectors where data is suggesting that intervention is required to improve safety performance. An example of this is the shearing industry which has an average time loss of 18 weeks per claim which is over twice the industry average.
We will know we are on track if:
- there is a reduction in the number of injuries by 2022
- specific sector intervention strategies based on data to improve safety performance has been developed. An example of this is the shearing industry which has an average time loss of 18 weeks per claim which is over twice the industry average.