NEW CODE TO PROTECT INEXPERIENCED HORSE RIDERS

The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today welcomed the announcement of a new Code of Practice to help reduce horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders in NSW.

Mr Fraser said the new Code of Practice is the first of its kind in Australia and is designed to assist employers and workers in the horse industry reduce injuries and meet their workplace safety responsibilities.

Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide between 2000 and 2014, 18 per cent involved people under the age of 20.

“The Code will help prevent horse-related injuries and fatalities among beginner and inexperienced riders and aims to ensure that the temperament of the horse and the experience of the rider are adequately matched,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Code has been developed following extensive consultation with more than 100 responses to calls for comment from key industry groups and individuals.”

“Numerous businesses across the state offer horse-related activities and this Code will provide them with the practical tools they need to ensure they are complying with their obligations and doing everything they can to prevent injuries and fatalities,”

“The NSW Government is are committed to improving safety for inexperienced and novice horse riders, such as those participating in pony clubs, at jackaroo and jillaroo schools and trail riding schools,” Mr Fraser said.

The Code includes practical tools such as a checklist for riders and a checklist for horses, to evaluate the level and skill of the rider and also to help assess the suitability of the horse for the activity being undertaken.

The Code of Practice follows extensive consultation with stakeholders and individuals. It will come into effect on 1 February 2017. The Code of Practice is available from www.safework.nsw.gov.au

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