The Rural Connection
We own and operate agricultural enterprises which include:-
The growing of olives for oil, gift packages and pickled products the breeding of Dorper sheep which provide excellent meat products Devon cattle - varied blood lines from England, quality finished beef available.
While not a core business, we have more than 50 years of experience in
the production of wheat, sheep, cattle and cash crops. Our consultant
can provide management animal health and nutrition advice.
PHA produces a booklet – Guidelines for Workers in Agriculture to assist farmers with OHS compliance on farms.
Currently our olive grove (600 trees) is mature.
oil can be packaged for customers with their label in 250ml and 500ml
bottles and 4 litre tins for Christmas, business launches or special
We are producing fat Dorper lambs. The produce is ready for sale on an ongoing basis.
The Dorpers are fast growing, food efficient and extremely hardy animals.
Our Devon cattle included a number of imported blood lines. Heifers and young bulls are available annually.
fat cattle for sale July-November. In 1962, Newstead Ox, a product of
our herd was Grand Champion on all breeds ‘on the hook’ at the Sydney
Royal Easter Show.
General Safety Guidelines for Workers in Agriculture
guidelines on OHS/WHS requirements and general agricultural safety to
distribute to your staff. They sign acceptance of this information and
receive a pocket sized booklet which provides guidance on a range of
relevant topics. This strategy is used by many large companies to
inform outside work teams in other industries, e.g. construction and
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Advertising is available for companies in the booklet. If you want your own branded version, contact us.
Hazard and Risk Assessments – Curbside Advice
The WHS legislation seeks the elimination of all hazards and their associated risks. Hmmm!?
Due to the vagaries of the workplace, that is almost impossible. Hazard assessments should be
about dealing with the unexpected, as well as the predictable although aircraft crashes and
meteor strikes on buildings are difficult to predict.
The assessment of equipment hazards should commence with the operator’s manual. The
manufacturer is required to provide information about hazards. It is worth considering their
view of the issues associated with operating their equipment. Under the new codes practice,
they should have undertaken the analysis. The equipment will also have instructions and decals
identifying hazards. The information is a starting point when considering the step by step
execution of the task. The extension of the hazards depends on where the equipment is
operating, i.e. in relation to other equipment, vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Sometimes
people put in place a control for one item which actually increased the hazard associated with
an adjacent work station. This process can actually increase the overall risk. Where no
equipment is involved, then the process needs to be examined to identify potential hazards of
the preparation for and execution of the task. Think the process through step by step.
The risk of the hazard creating a problem is measured by the likelihood of the hazard causing
injury and the consequences are the potential outcomes of that injury. There are a number of
risk matrices in use around Australia. Some commentators appear to focus on major instances
which are unlikely to occur. I don’t provide much credence to guarding against that meteor
My suggestion is to look at hazards which, while they may only have minor consequences, have a
greater likelihood of occurring. Years of examining incident and accident registers, convinces
me that this is the area where most gains can be made. Quite often the hazard is not
adequately controlled and the accident reoccurs. Yes, the staff continue to commit the same
mistake. Because it is not considered serious, nothing is done about it. There are costs
associated with these minor issues, however, there can be potential for greater injury. Often
the simple things do not get the necessary attention. Read the manufacturer’s information,
listen to all opinions and have staff sign off on the solution.