A video on farm safety is to be distributed throughout rural Western Australia as part of a State Government initiative to improve occupational health and safety in the country.
Launching the farm safety awareness program, Productivity and Labour Relations Minister Yvonne Henderson urged everyone to see the video and follow the safety advice it contained.
It will be distributed to every country high school and TAFE college in the State, as well as all branches of the Country Women's Association.
"The video offers a comprehensive rundown of safety on farms, including safety tips on tractors, harvesters and other equipment, chemical safety, manual handling, gun safety, shearing and noise," Mrs Henderson said.
"A large section of the video is dedicated to the safety of children on farms - especially pertinent now with farmers' children at home on school holidays.
"Some of the areas covered with regard to children are water safety, motor cycle and horse riding and use of safety seats and harnesses in farm vehicles."
Mrs Henderson said serious injuries and fatalities were obviously tragic in any circumstances.
"On farms they are particularly distressing for families, as the person injured or killed is an integral part of the work done on the farm as well as a loved one."
The video was produced by well-known Quairading farmer and farm safety campaigner Errol Stone and the Country Safe Group.
Government funding for its distribution has been provided through the Department of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare.