June 7th, 2021

Safety when working with livestock

Working with livestock can be challenging!

Animals are involved in around 20% of serious injuries in the agriculture sector. (Safe Work Australia data)

Livestock handling can include working with livestock in paddocks, laneways, yards, cattle transportation, feedlots, abattoirs, saleyards and activities relating to on-farm sales.

Workers and other persons who conduct livestock handling are at risk of sustaining injuries such as bone fractures, bruising, dislocations, crush injuries, lacerations and in some cases may be fatal.

SafeWorkSA’s guidelines on livestock handling are now available

Australian Livestock & Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) also has published national guidelines

Safety Geek has experience in this area so just #asksafetygeek if you want to know more