Boorowa hosts farm safety training expo week for farmers

A farm safety advocate hopes a week-long training course equips participants with the skills needed to save their life or prevent a major accident from occurring on the property.

More than 80 farmers from across the region recently took part in the farm safety training expo at Boorowa.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Tocal College, in partnership with AgSkilled and SafeWork NSW ran the expo.

"Someone was saying one night... if anything it would be nice to think that maybe down the track the week that we've just had hopefully saves somebody's life," farmer and safety advocate Michael Edwards said.

"Or stops one person from having a major accident. Then the course has proved its worth."

A total of 17 courses were delivered on-farm and across the town, including forklift and chainsaw training, working safely at heights, chemical accreditation and safe tractor operation.

Other topics included off-road 4x4 driving, safe tractor operation and maintenance, quad bike and side-by-side skills and work health and safety for supervisors and managers.

Mr Edwards said hopes the training expo provided an opportunity for participants to better their skills and become aware of areas where accidents can be prevented.

He said every farmer has had a close call.

"You don't understand how you got away with it sometimes," Mr Edwards said.

"You've got to try and work out how you can prevent something like this from happening to somebody else and maybe next time you won't get away from it."

While farmers don't have to take home everything they learnt, he hopes they are able to apply some key things that help them to have better farm safety.

"I think as long as they take home little bits and pieces that suit them," he said.

"Just implementing some measures that help protect employees on the property."

Out of all the things covered over the week, Mr Edwards said documenting work incidents was something that could be worked on more.

"I know it's hard to set aside the time.. maybe we've just got to work out better ways of doing things," he said.

The advocate hopes the course can be delivered in the future with other courses covered.