To a point but let’s think about this. Not everyone is sensible, especially during times of high stress, long hours, challenging conditions etc. You can easily put measures in place to avoid accidents however if something does go wrong, you have the prove that you played your part.
Life experience and learned behaviour
Everyone has different life experience. We have been taught by our parents, learned some questionable skills from friends and colleagues and made up some of our own techniques along the way. Experiences have different outcomes so ‘common sense’ doesn’t automatically happen, it’s a learned behaviour.
Can Legislation help?
With an extraordinary number of accidents each year in the agriculture industry and over 60 fatalities, leads us to believe that common sense clearly isn’t working. Contrary to popular belief, legislation has been put in place to help improve these statistics and reduce deaths on farm.
If you own a business, you need a safety system. Relying on common sense does not work, putting your head in the sand does not work and neither does “it won’t happen to me”. The fact of the matter is this – if something does happen and you are found liable, the fines imposed may ensure you don’t have a business left to run.
Documentation is key
If you’ve been thinking about implementing your safety system but just haven’t got around to it, this week during National Farm Safety Week, now is your chance to find out what needs to get done to make this happen. Your system needs to reflect your business and the way you run it. No two businesses are the same.
We’re here to help
We understand that it takes some time to set up but once you do, it should just be a case of doing and gathering evidence of what you say you do. Let us help you. Contact our team on 08 8490 0939.