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Farm Animal Safety

posted Sep 19, 2017, 1:59 PM by 2MG Real FM

NSW Ambulance paramedics are reminding farmers to take safety precautions when around livestock, following several serious incidents on Saturday - including one in Mudgee.

At 10.50am, a 69-year-old man was injured after being knocked over by sheep. He was treated by paramedics before being transported to Mudgee Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Ambulance Superintendent Steve Flanagan said farms can be dangerous places, with incidents involving livestock and vehicles such as quad bikes and tractors leading to significant injuries and even death. “A few safety precautions will help minimise injuries and loss of livelihood and – worse - life,” he said.

Supt Flanagan said that when working with livestock, ensure escape routes are clear and accessible, to avoid being trapped or crushed. Also, avoid working alone when loading or unloading stock. “If you’re not adequately trained to be around the animals or have a level of experience that allows you to fully appreciate possible risks to work with them, you shouldn’t be. Suitable clothing and footwear is also a must, especially around yards, sheds and crushes,” Supt Flanagan said.

“The terrain should also be assessed before using a tractor or quad bike, to avoid rollovers, whether that be on a large productive farm or a smaller rural property” he said.“Often, these vehicles are used in remote locations and if a person becomes trapped, it can be many hours before the alarm can be raised and help arrives, so ensure someone knows where you are.”

Supt Flanagan said that, in the case of serious injury, people should contact Triple Zero (000), ask for Ambulance and stay on the phone with the call taker who will provide first aid instructions.

Further advice includes:
• If a person loses consciousness, the airway should be checked to ensure it is open and the patient is breathing normally. If breathing normally, place the patient in the recovery position. If not, start CPR.
• For head, neck or spinal/back injuries, do not move the patient. If the airway is compromised, carefully place the patient on their side, supporting the head.
• Limb fractures – keep the patient comfortable while awaiting arrival of paramedics.
• Any injury involving breathing difficulties – sit the patient upright, loosen any tight clothing, and instruct the patient to take any medication, as prescribed by a doctor, if applicable.
• Cardiac arrest – commence CPR.

Supt Flanagan said to assist paramedics in attending incidents that occur in remote locations, people should provide as much information as possible when speaking to the Triple Zero (000) call taker, such as landmarks.To further assist call takers in identifying the location, people are also encouraged to download the Emergency+ smartphone application. The app—free to download from iTunes, Google Play and the Windows store—assists the caller in dialling Triple Zero (000) and displays the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location for the caller to relay to the call taker.