Death Toll Calls for Solutions

The start of 2018 has been tragic with 12 people killed in workplace incidents in Australia. Many were in the agriculture and farming sector. A well experienced, well known and loved community man crushed to death in a sales yard. A young father slowly asphyxiated in a silo. Another had a tractor roll onto him after a mechanical fault. One young farm worker burned beyond recognition, the investigation still pending. These are just an example of many. None will be going home. All have families. The year 2018 marks the year life will never be the same for any of them.

It stands to reason this industry needs help. We knew this a year ago when we went to the people asking them about their workplace safety and what the issues were. We did not hit the books. We hit the road.  

We spoke with farm managers, herd managers, dairy farmers, fruit and veggie growers. We asked them, what do you need? What are you doing regarding keeping the Workplace safe and ticking the boxes? The responses echoed one another, and they were alarming. 

Emergency medical service

“We don’t have the time to do everything expected; our roles are so time-consuming and task heavy, doing all the paperwork is not practical. Therefore it doesn’t all get done.”

“Inductions are quick and on the go, not in-depth or to legislation if they are done at all. The problem you have: Modern Agriculture consists of machinery, heavy duty, logistics, and complex management systems. We don’t have the means to get this done correctly.”

Often the “we just have to use common sense” approach is the catchcry. Common sense, however, does not stop a farming tragedy. One farming manager said of his bosses; they were so tired of the rats eating the paperwork off the tractor, they just didn’t bother. Induction? Forget it. Here are the tractors, here are the cows, put them there, then do this. You get the idea.

The reality is 50% of the workers who died in 2017 were employed either in the agriculture or primary production sector. 306 people have been killed in farming accidents in Australia since 2012. This figure doesn’t mention those critically injured or left permanently disabled. What about the 61.8 Billion dollar cost of work-related injury and disease to the Australian economy? 

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What is the leading killer? Machinery and vehicles.

Those not killed are left in dire straits. Wounds, amputations, traumatic ligament and joint damage and head injuries took up 59% of injuries in the workplace in Australia in 2017.

The age bracket most affected? Young blokes and blokes aged between 55 and 65. Many of them highly experienced, but more importantly, all of them loved. Common sense doesn’t come into it.

Machinery fails, bolts break, things happen to items that are repeatedly used or neglected to be used. Daily inspections, pre-vehicle and machinery checks for faults, amongst so many other failsafe measures have to be taken to stop the carnage. So how do we do this without interrupting and upsetting the workload of these industry owners, managers, and employees? 

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Crossing your fingers a WorkSafe rep doesn’t pop in for a cuppa and a check? Well get the kettle boiling, Worksafe has announced that 40,000 businesses of all industries will be inspected this year.

So what is the solution? We put our team together to come up with a streamlined one-click product that would take away all the paper, take away all the long lists that take up time and make it quick, simple, efficient and compliant, but most of all: AFFORDABLE. SAVING you money, not costing you a fortune. 

These are just a sample of the products we have ready:

Pre-Vehicle Checks

  • Dairy Equipment and Management Checks
  • SWMS documents
  • Automotive mechanical updates
  • Fire Safety
  • Roster Management
  • Herd Management
  • Equipment
  • Incidence reports  
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Staff checklists

There is not much we can’t do at BERTS HQ. We have the new tech; it is reliable, tamper-proof and state of the art.

Do not be the person who is left broken or dying. The one who has to tell Mum and Dad their son or daughter isn’t coming home, or the one who has to explain to his boss that a $50,000 fine is on its way. Don’t be shut down, don’t neglect your mates.

DO be the person who made a difference, helped save lives, improved the standard.

That’s the person we all should be.

Give us a call, it will take 5 minutes. It won’t be a drawn-out sales thing. We aren’t into that. We want to make a difference, and we have the simple solution waiting for you.

1300 237 879 (BERTS WORLD)

To find out more about what we do for the agriculture industry you can also visit here:

https://bertsworld.org/home/agriculture/

*all sources within this document remain anonymous

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