LIVESTOCK carriers will soon be able to load and unload more safely at Warrnambool saleyards thanks to a new lighting system.
The $85,000 project has been allocated $69,000 in state government funding, with the balance to be met by Warrnambool City Council.
“About two-thirds of truck movements happen after dark, so adequate lighting is important for safety, risk management and productivity,” saleyards manager Paul White said.
“We see 9000 truck movements each year and the new lights will help illuminate a number of our underlit pens.”
The project is now at the design stage and will probably see lights located around the perimeter of the yards, helping to eliminate shadows.
The project will go to tender when the design is completed, expected to be in about six weeks, and the works will be completed by the end of this financial year.
“While there has been discussion about the future of the saleyards, industry experience suggests that any major change is likely to take a number of years,” Mr White said.
“In the meantime, the new lights are an essential investment in occupational health and safety.”