A 2019 farm safety calendar competition was launched in Queensland this week with students from Eton State School. The competition aims at building awareness in farm safety and farming hazards among children in regional Queensland areas.
The competition is run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Students are encouraged to draw pictures about good health and safety practices on farms and enter their masterpieces in the hope of making it into the 2019 edition of the calendar. Last year there were more than 700 entries from across the state. “
Entries in the 2019 farm safety calendar competition must be lodged online by 29 June, with the winners to be announced in October. Each of the 12 winners will receive a $250 voucher, with an additional $500 voucher going to the school.
Queensland IR Minister Grace Grace said “This year’s safety topics are Quad bikes, motorbikes and machinery; Animal handling; Sun safety and healthy lifestyle; and Kids on farms.”
Ms Grace said while only three per cent of Queenslanders work on farms, more than 30 per cent of work-related deaths occur in a farming environment.
3 per cent of Queenslanders work on farms, more than 30 per cent of work-related deaths occur in a farming environment
“The real tragedy is just about of all of these deaths are preventable,” she said.
“This calendar competition is a fun and informative way to show our future farmers that these mishaps can be prevented with a little extra care and planning.
“We’ll print and distribute 20,000 copies of the calendar – so for those who hang one proudly in their homes or workplaces, they are a year-long reminder to be farm safe.”
Details on how to enter the competition and previous winning entries are available at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au
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