There’s room for improvement for our tradies’ health

I HAVE been talking about tradie health over the past couple of weeks. It is only through continual discussion, education and action that we, as a community of workers and employers, can help tradies return home safely each day. How do you think Ipswich compares against the state average in trade related occupation injuries and workers’ compensation claims? The most … Read More

Walker PenderThere’s room for improvement for our tradies’ health

Four steps to stop tradies falling

WE CONTINUE to recognise that August is Tradies National Health Month; a time to raise awareness of the risks posed to those in our community who work in trade occupations. One particular incident that is all too common in trade industries is falls. That includes falls at ground level (for example, slipping, tripping) or falls from height (for example, from … Read More

Walker PenderFour steps to stop tradies falling

Tradie Health on the radar for the month of August

AUGUST is Tradies National Health Month. We have a lot of tradies in our community and keeping them safe at work is important. Over the next few weeks I will be discussing safety in the construction industry to help raise awareness. First, let’s understand what construction work is. According to Safe Work Australia, construction work can be defined as “any … Read More

Walker PenderTradie Health on the radar for the month of August

Practical solutions for common risks

MY ARTICLE last week and this week covers four of the most common causes of rural accidents and injuries. The information regarding common causes of rural accidents and proposed steps has been helpfully sourced from information published by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. 3 – Animal handling and mustering; Causes of accidents: Using unsuitable equipment, inexperience or lack of understanding … Read More

Walker PenderPractical solutions for common risks

Solutions to help mitigate common farm safety risks

I AM going to stay with the topic of farm safety a little longer. Specifically, over two weeks, I will identify four of the most common causes of accidents in the rural industry and provide suggestions of practical steps you can take to avoid them. The information here today has been helpfully sourced from information published by Workplace Health and … Read More

Walker PenderSolutions to help mitigate common farm safety risks

Practical tips for farms to help improve safety

NATIONAL Farm Safety Week came to an end on July 26, but farm safety is an ongoing issue and should be at the front of mind all year round. Risks to health and safety need to be proactively identified, managed, reviewed and improved. Even though National Farm Safety Week has come to an end, I want to share some practical … Read More

Walker PenderPractical tips for farms to help improve safety

Good maintenance is a farmer’s friend

THIS week, I continue my discussion on farm-specific safety matters in light of National Farm Safety Week and I want to talk about the importance of ensuring that the plant and equipment on farms is properly maintained and repaired. A farm is a place where you generally find a lot of different plant, equipment and vehicles. You want to ensure … Read More

Walker PenderGood maintenance is a farmer’s friend

National Farm Safety Awareness Week

FARMSAFE Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that assists in the co-ordination of initiatives specifically focused on raising awareness of (and helping to address) safety issues specific to our farms. One of Farmsafe’s annual initiatives is National Farm Safety Week. It provides a platform to raise awareness of farm specific safety issues with a national focus. This year National Farm Safety … Read More

Walker PenderNational Farm Safety Awareness Week

Consumer laws – get the most from your gift cards

GIFT cards are quite popular and are sold by many businesses. Many of us have purchased or received a gift card – they are a great option for birthday or Christmas presents. I am sure that at least some of us (myself included) have lost the value of the card by failing to redeem it before it expires. Traditionally, most … Read More

Walker PenderConsumer laws – get the most from your gift cards

Consumer laws and protections explained: Part 5

THE consumer laws (“ACL”) require that consumers be provided with certain guarantees for most consumer goods and services they purchase. These are separate to any store bought or issued warranty. The guarantees are like a set of rules that come with the purchase of services or products and are designed to protect the consumer. They cannot be restricted, excluded, limited … Read More

Walker PenderConsumer laws and protections explained: Part 5