Although not a regulated licence for Agriculture, I do recommend that farmers do the ‘working at heights’ course. It often does the rounds of the rural areas so seriously think about undertaking it next time it’s nearby.
Sometimes….if I didn’t laugh I would cry at the high positions farmers get themselves into! Trying to get mobile signal for one!!
I do have some issues with the fall arrest systems available to farmers and the rules around fitting them, so I hope to get some clarification from regulators in the near future for some workable fall arrest parameters that farmers can meet.
I offer more detailed assistance to my members and clients but here are some statistics for you to consider.
WORK-RELATED INJURIES AND FATALITIES INVOLVING A FALL FROM HEIGHT,
AUSTRALIA 2003–04 to 2010–11 combined – Falls from Height – Safework Aust
- Half of the fatalities involved falls of 3m or less – I find this statistic quite alarming!
- The Agriculture, forestry & fishing, Construction and Transport & storage industries had the highest falls-related incidence rates
- One in six fatalities due to fall from height involved a fall from a ladder
- Falls from ladders mainly involved older workers while falls from horses mainly involved younger workers
- Half of the falls from ladder fatalities involved workers aged 65 & over – “grandpa, you’re not allowed to climb the field bin anymore!!!”
- Falls from vehicles typically involved loading or unloading a truck
- A typical claim due to a fall from height involved 6 weeks off work
- Road freight transport had five times the national rate of claims for falls from a height