The NSW Government will host a free workshop in Mangrove Mountain aimed at reducing horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said today.
The training will be held Thursday 19th April at Mangrove Mountain Golf Club, 18 Hallards Road, Central Mangrove, 10:00am registration for a 10:30am start.
Mr MacDonald said the code of practice was established to help employers and workers in the horse industry reduce injuries and bolster workplace safety measures.
The training will be offered free of charge and is aimed at helping everyone in the industry improve safety for novice and beginner riders.
“Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide between 2000 and 2014, 42 occurred in NSW alone, and 18 per cent involved people under the age of 20,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The workshops will discuss what the code of practice is and what workers and workplaces it relates to, as well as examine the different safety systems for the different disciplines within the horse industry.
“There will be training sessions to outline the responsibilities of businesses and individuals when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace, and discussions on how to manage the risks associated with new riders at work.
“I want as many people who work with horses in our region to undertake this training so they can be as safe as possible at work.”
For a full list of where events will be held and for further information on the code of practice, and to register, visit http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/news/event/horse-safety-workshops
The meeting will follow several incidents involving horses on the Plateau.
On January 10th, a 56-year-old woman needed to be airlifted to Westmead hospital, after being kicked by a horse at a Mangrove Mountain thoroughbred farm and suffering two broken arms.
While in November, a 20-year-old woman was flown to Royal North Shore, after falling off a horse and suffering back injuries in Glenworth Valley (above).