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Agriculture and horticulture

Free work health and safety workshops

We're working with Primary Producers SA to help tackle the high fatality and injury rate on farms.

A series of free workshops across the state will promote safe work practices and help farmers eliminate or minimise workplace risks. Of all workplace fatalities since 2005, 19 per cent occurred on farms, yet agriculture accounts for just 4.5 per cent of our total workforce.

These free workshops, running from February to June 2017, are based on the Farmers' Guidebook to work health and safety and cover the crop and livestock, dairy, grape, fruit and vegetable growers sectors. They offer you an opportunity to get practical, sector specific information and advice on:

  • hazard identification
  • risk assessment
  • WHS policies
  • duties and legal obligations
  • drafting a standard operating procedure.

Places are limited - register your attendance now.

Safety principles for farmers

The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) (the Regulations) became operational on 1 January 2013. Most of the Regulations are consistent with the former occupational health, safety and welfare legislation. However, where there are new obligations, transitional periods are provided to support implementation by industry, business and workers. Of particular interest to farmers is Regulation 737 - Roll-over protection on tractors.

Hazard Alerts

Among other hazards, SafeWork SA has developed Hazard Alerts on:

  • Sheep shearing
  • Three point linkage connections

Related Information

Safety Alerts


Safeguards that SafeWork SA has developed with a focus on rural activities cover:

  • Bow ladders
  • Child safety on farms
  • Quad bikes

Related Information


Assessing Stockyard Risks

Assessing Machinery Guarding Risks

Outdoor Work

Some of the areas to consider when commencing outdoor work are skin cancer and working in heat.

Related Information

Outdoor work

Other Guidance Material

Unsafe use of gas and electricity and accidental contact with powerlines are common causes of injuries and death on South Australian farms. Taking simple precautions will protect you and others on the farm.

The industry safety standard on Post Drivers covers all new power-driven post drivers, including those with integrated hydraulic earth auger systems driven by a tractor, or by other means.

The Front end loaders and their attachments on tractors guide covers the design, manufacture, supply and safe use of a front end loader (FEL), and its ancillary attachments, on a tractor.


Australian Centre for Agricultural Health & Safety
Link to website

Using electricity and gas safely on farms
Link to

Farmsafe Australia
Link to website

Farming Industry Safety
Link to WorkCover NSW

Farm safety: It's important!
Safe Work Australia

SafeWork SA Catalogue

Further resources can accessed from SafeWork SA's Library catalogue

Post Drivers
WorkSafe Victoria

Front end loaders and their attachments on tractors
WorkCover NSW