Around 80% of Australia's premium wine is produced by over 700 wineries, employing around 3400 workers. In 2012-13, South Australia's wine industry generated more than $1.87 billion in revenue ... and the industry is growing yearly.
SafeWork SA is building a strong relationship with the SA Wine Industry Association and the Wine Grape Council of SA and their members, so that we can best support vignerons and wine producers meet their work health and safety responsibilities.
Together with the grape growing and wine manufacturing sector, we aim to achieve a targeted reduction in workplace injuries by working with the peak bodies to provide specific information and support which address common safety issues.
This includes an easy-to-use work health and safety tool - Simple steps - to better support wine industry workers with onsite self-assessment and management of hazards.
Common areas of concern faced by workers in vineyards and wineries include when:
- operating equipment on hillsides and uneven terrain
- pushing and lifting heavy bins, tubs, barrels, pumps, hoses, and mixers
- using pruning shears and picking knives
- working with hazardous chemicals
- entering confined spaces.