Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Transforming Farm Health and Safety: The Case for Business Coaching

A. Blackman, R. Franklin, A. Rossetto and D.E. Gray  (2015) ‘Transforming Farm Health and Safety: The Case for Business Coaching’. Journal of Health and Safety. 21(1): 35-46.

Abstract. In the U.S. and Australia, agriculture is consistently ranked as one of the most hazardous industries. The cost of injuries and deaths on Australian farms is significant, estimated to be between AU$0.5 billion and AU$1.2 billion per year. Death and injury in agriculture also place a significant financial and social burden on the family and friends of the injured, the community, and the health system. This article proposes that if farmers were to employ coaching in their businesses, they would benefit from advances in safety practices, resulting in associated improvements in overall farm productivity and a reduction in injury costs to the wider community. A coaching model is presented to demonstrate what an effective coaching process would need to include. An agenda for future research areas is also provided.

Keywords. Business coaching, Coaching, Extension, Farm/agricultural advisory services, Farm/agricultural coach, Farm/agricultural extension, Farm/agricultural innovation.

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