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Farmers encouraged to comply amid changing climate or face high costs

# The Department of Employment and Labour says farmers need to comply with labour laws to avoid high costs associated with incidents and occupational diseases exacerbated by climate change. Inspections at 52 agricultural workplaces found 30 of them were not compliant. Most employers failed to provide incident records, investigate incidents, have a trained first aider, train tractor drivers, and conduct risk assessments. The department’s Warren Mallon encourages employers to review their risk assessment, taking into account new or existing hazards which may be exacerbated.