Warnings against hazardous harvest

SafeWork SA is warning of increased risk of harm as South Australia’s annual grape harvest begins.

According to the authority, farmers and labour hire companies need to have appropriate workplace safety systems in place before the work begins.

While farms and vineyards are already dangerous places to work in, the risks are increased as hundreds of students, backpackers and professional pickers flock to work.

Both farmers and the labour hire agencies have a responsibility to ensure all reasonably practicable measures have and are being taken to protect workers’ health and safety. T

he most common hazards faced by fruit pickers include heat exhaustion, skin damage from sun exposure, fatigue, being struck by forklifts and tractors, falls from heights, manual handling, and exposure to chemicals.

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