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THE public, particularly those in rural
communities, are being reminded of the
dangers of powerlines on farming prop-
Department for Manufacturing,
Innovation, Trade, Resources and
Energy technical regulator Rob Faunt
said powerlines are one of the most haz-
ardous elements on a farm and they tend
to blend into the outdoor landscape.
"Everyone needs to be aware of over-
head powerlines and avoid bringing
yourself, your vehicles or equipment
close to them," Mr Faunt said.
"With the sun in your eyes or trees in
your line of vision, it can be easy to for-
get how close you are to powerlines.
"It's also important to be aware you do
not have to make contact with power-
lines to be injured and electrocuted.
"In some circumstances electricity can
jump gaps, which means being too close
to powerlines is extremely hazardous.
"Electrocutions caused by vehicles
coming too close to powerlines on rural
properties are a risk in South Australia
and everyone involved in the use or
delivery of farm material is at risk.
"However, this risk can be reduced by
storing bulk deliveries away from power-
lines and by never raising the tipper tray
of trucks when underneath powerlines."
For more information, call 8226 5518
or visit www.sa.gov.au/energysafe.
Farmers warned of
New Year's resolutions for agriculture
Review your cashflow forecast with
a best and worst-case scenario and
work out if you have reserves or
need to borrow. If you have extra
cash, consider how long you can
afford to lock it up and whether a
farm management deposit is an
option. If you need finance, plan the
timing and amount of repayments
to best match expected cashflow.
Start planning now for how to
handle future challenges, both
financially and in terms of storing
feed and other preparations.
Consider diversifying assets outside
the farm gate, as the ups and downs
in shares and property are often
counter-cyclical to farm receipts.
Develop a succession planning
strategy to manage unexpected
events as well as to pass on the
farm to future generations --- no
matter how far in the future that
might be. Ongoing open and honest
family discussions can save an
enormous amount of difficulty.
Protect your assets, including
yourself, by taking out adequate
Manage risk by investigating
strategies to hedge or use other
options to protect against interest
rate, exchange rate and commodity
REVIEW AND PLAN... NAB general
manager of agribusiness Khan Horne
advises farmers to review their busi-
ness and plan ahead for 2013.
THE New Year is a time to reflect and review
and this goes as much for your business as any
other aspect of your life.
National Australia Bank agribusiness is
encouraging farmers and those beyond the
farm gate to spend some time planning for
NAB's general manager of agribusiness
Khan Horne said 2012 was a good year in most
parts of the country and for most industries.
"While Mother Nature has still delivered
some unwelcome surprises, we've been spared
the extreme weather that has affected large
regions in the past," he said.
"This has given a lot of people a chance to
consolidate and provided a lot of confidence."
NAB's latest forecasts for 2013 show it shap-
ing up to be a pretty solid year, with a reason-
able production and price forecast for most
commodities, despite the continuing strength
of the Aussie dollar.
"Even in good times though it's important
for business owners and managers to have a
fresh look at goals, forecasts and strategies on a
regular basis," Mr Horne said.
"In fact, sometimes it's easier when the pres-
sure is off and you have the space to take a step
back and plan where you want to take the busi-
"This is a great time of year to do that ---
New Year's resolutions for your business if you
"A good relationship and regular contact
with bankers, accountants, farm consultants
and other advisors will help the process, allow-
ing you to draw on their specialist knowledge
WELDING uses intense
heat, electricity and pro-
duces ultraviolet radia-
tion as well as harmful
fumes, which are all
potential sources of seri-
ous accidents and health
Radiation burns from
ultraviolet light are the
main safety hazard posed
by electrical arc welding.
The intense light and
heat generated by the
welding arc can cause
extreme eye damage, or
arc eye, and burns.
To prevent serious
injury the partnership
recommends the follow-
*Protect eyes and
face: Welding lenses are
used in face shields to fil-
ter out ultraviolet light,
while maintaining weld
Lenses are available in
various shades to suit dif-
ferent applications, with
the higher the number
the darker the lens.
Different face sizes are
available to suit the vari-
ous face shields.
When gas metal arc
welding, which is some-
times referred to as metal
inert gas welding, an
approved welding hel-
met, with the correct fil-
ter and shade number,
must always be worn.
gles: Farmers do not
require a full face shield
when using oxyacety-
lene, but they do need fil-
tered lenses for protec-
tion of the eyes. Typical
have two round, replace-
able lenses on a hinge,
which can be swung out
of the way to reveal clear
Welding gloves are
essential to protect hands
and wrists from contact
with hot metal, welding
spatter and from radia-
tion burns. Welding is
much easier when the
operator is not continu-
ally fending off hot
sparks. It is recommend-
ed long leather gloves
that extend well up the
forearms be worn to pro-
tect wrists and lower
arms and shirt sleeves
must be tucked into the
gloves for added protec-
Wearing the correct
clothing is just as impor-
tant as wearing welding
gloves. As with sunburn
protection, covering up is
the best way to protect
clothes include overalls
or trousers and a long-
sleeved shirt made of
densely woven cotton,
wool or denim. Never
wear acrylic fabrics as
these materials can be
flammable and difficult
to remove if they catch
*Fumes: The intense
heat produced during
welding can vaporise
substances creating fume
clouds, which can be
inhaled. Some welding
fumes are extremely haz-
ardous and present seri-
ous long-term health
risks. The best method to
ensure protection from
these fumes is to use a
fume extraction system,
which consists of a pipe
of some sort to draw the
fumes away from the
For more information
about farming and fish-
Safe welding can help
prevent serious injury
TAKE PRECAUTIONS... While the risk of
starting a fire during welding is high, the
Collaborative Partnership for Farming and
Fishing Health and Safety warns the risk to
your health is just as important if the right
precautions are not taken.
Tips for staying safe
Monitor weather conditions as
powerlines can sag in hot weather
and sway in strong winds.
Understand powerlines can be
difficult to see at dawn and dusk.
Make sure all new machinery
meets the necessary safety
clearance distance from
powerlines on your property.
Never work on top of farm
machinery near overhead
Keep cords, cables and appliances
in and around your farm buildings,
in good condition with regular
servicing and maintenance by a
suitably qualified technician.
Use a safety switch --- it is the
best protection against electric
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