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Workplace Essentials workshops to help farmers reduce risks and increase efficiency

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocates Jodie and Mario Cocco

Farmers from the Darling Downs and South West Queensland are invited to a series of one-day Workplace Essentials workshops to be held in Goondiwindi, St. George and Roma in March 2019.

The highly regarded workshops are designed to help farm employers reduce risks and increase efficiency and compliance in their businesses. The workshops are catered to the needs of each region with an overall focus on workplace relations, understanding labour hire licensing and improving workplace health and safety.

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) Officer for Southern Queensland, Karen George said the Workplace Essentials workshops have been delivered in major production regions around the state for the past three years with enormous success.

“The Workplace Essentials workshops support the development of a capable agricultural workforce by providing information and resources to farm business owners from a diverse range of agricultural industries including broad acre cropping, grains, cotton, grazing and horticulture,” Ms George said.

“These workshops are all about reducing industry vulnerability by keeping farmers up to date with workplace laws and helping them to do the right thing.”

Guest speakers and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocates Jodie and Mario Cocco will also be giving a special presentation about the importance of quad bike safety. The Coccos have a firsthand understanding of the dangers of quad bikes after their son, Domenic, at just seven years old, suffered life-threatening head injuries when he crashed the quad bike he was riding.

“Over the last 15 years there have been 230 fatalities in Australia involving quad bikes, with around 8000 hospitalisations. Queensland accounted for one quarter of these fatalities and injuries – the highest percentage in the country,” Jodie said.

“We hope our story will inspire others to take safety seriously and consider the impacts an injury can have on kids, workers, their families, friends and colleagues.”

The workshops in Goondiwindi, St. George and Roma will be presented by a team of industry experts including Workplace Development Officer Rebecca Fing and representatives from QAWN, WorkCover Queensland and AustSafe/Sunsuper.

The Workplace Essentials Workshops are proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Workshop Dates
Goondiwindi: 26 March 2019, 9am to 3pm – Gateway to Training Centre – 15-21 Russell Street
St. George: 27 March 2019, 9am to 3pm – St George Cultural Centre – 112 Victoria St
Roma: 28 March 2019, 9am to 3pm – Roma Bowls Club – 35 Lovell St

More information and registration is available on the Growcom website.

Source: Growcom

Featured Image: Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocates Jodie and Mario Cocco