- Ensure all entrances to shearing sheds and accommodation are safe.
- Ensure suitable and functional fire fighting equipment is available in sheds and quarters.
Shearing and crutching
- Ensure floors in catching pens are kept dry where possible to avoid becoming slippery.
- Tripping on wire, nails or loose grating may cause back injuries from falling backwards onto the board or in the catching pens. Ensure the grating is clear, securely nailed down and free from obstruction.
- Allow sheep to empty out in the holding yard before moving into shed.
- Ensure sheds are well-lit and ventilated.
- Keep shed hands off the board and clear of shearers, unless they are needed for assistance. The board must be kept clean and dry at all times.
- Get assistance when stacking or loading bales.
- Ensure that belt drives and grinders are properly guarded.
- Dogs should be kept clear of the work area when not being used. Do not tie dogs in a position where workers could trip over the dog or its leash.
- If electricity is available, have electric motors fitted to the wool press to reduce air and noise pollution.
- Avoid back injuries by maintaining good posture and using your legs instead of your back.
Refer to the shearing industry guide (PDF, 795 kB) for detailed information on injury risk management.