Some steps to reduce risk of death from cattle crushing (PDF version)

Being crushed or trampled by cattle is the second highest cause of farm deaths. Read about what to look out for and tips on cattle safety.

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Published: 11 Aug 2020
 
File type: PDF
 
File size: 111.81 kB
 
Length: 2 pages
 
Reading level: Medium

What it contains

Workplace manslaughter is now a criminal offence under occupational health and safety laws.

This new law doesn't create additional responsibilities; it just introduces tougher penalties. If you're already complying with your work health and safety duties, and continue to, you’re doing the right thing. If you're not complying, and not thinking about workplace risk, the consequences can be much tougher.

Being crushed or trampled by cattle is the second highest cause of farm deaths. The three most dangerous situations in the cattle yard involve:

  • drafting cattle
  • loading cattle
  • interacting with cattle at the crush

Working with cattle isn't the only danger on farms. Whatever job you and your workers are doing on the farm, always think of safety first. Consider what could go wrong and how to stop that happening, discuss with your workers and take action to make sure you’re providing a safe workplace.

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