Farmers could lead the charge in changing attitudes to safety in other industries.
That’s according to sixth-generation South Australian farmer Katy Landt, who has developed an on-farm safety system that works via a mobile app.
The app helps farmers keep simple machinery maintenance records, look up practical health and safety policies, report near misses, record worker training and list whose on the farm.
Ms Landt said the key to a decent farm safety system was keeping it jargon-free.
“I stayed away from work health and safety terminology that gets thrown around in other industries – the things farmers roll their eyes at,” Ms Landt said.
“I also wanted to make sure it wasn’t a burden on farmers and in the initial stages of designing the program I had my brother, father and grandfather helping me and made sure they could all understand it.”
Ms Landt said farmers were smart operators but had little patience for tedious procedures.
“Any safety system needs to track the tasks they do every day, capturing how they actually do work, rather than them having to go back into the office, filling out paperwork,” she said.