Workplace manslaughter: Some steps to reduce risk of death from cattle crushing

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.
Last updated

Aug 2020

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medium

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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.

This new law doesn't create additional responsibilities; it just introduces tougher penalties.

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.