Keeping safe on our farms
FARMS can be risky and unpredictable, but there are always measures workers can take to make them safer.
Livestock agent Corey Evans said this was important to remember.
"It's a risky environment, you don't want to be knocked out of a job, it's important to just stay safe,” he said.
National Farm Safety Week during July 16 to 22 raises awareness of farm safety issues across Australia in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries associated with health and safety risks on farms.
"Safety starts with everybody to make it a safe working environment,” Mr Evans said.
Farmers should make sure their yards were in a good condition, and keep a safe distance from the animals as they can be unpredictable, he said.
"You don't want broken rails in your yards and your races, you want to have a good head bail and a good crusher for safety,” he said.
Mr Evans knows the need to be careful after his leg was injured when an animal was spooked on his family farm 14 months ago.
"It was just a normal day, standing alongside an animal in a crush,” he said.
"It was just a freak accident, he got a spook and kicked out and hit me right in the knee cap,” he said.
The accident put a toll on his career, restricting him to administration work when he initially returned after being out of action for a long time.
"It was just one of those things that happens, because you can't prevent everything, it was just an accident,” Mr Evans said.
Farm workers should always assess the situation, as they do not go to work to get hurt, he said.
"Have a cattle sense about you and the machinery. Don't do anything risky, it won't hurt to go the long way around,” Mr Evans said.