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Agsafe Achievers drive home work safety message

When the Walters moved their rural merchandise store, Walter Agencies, to a bigger site in the small town of Lameroo in South Australia, their first problem was handling traffic in their backyard.

With only one lane and some tight corners, the couple were facing a potentially risky traffic situation for their customers and staff.

So the Walters put on their Agsafe caps and came up with ways to help avoid traffic incidents from happening on site.

“Vehicles can only go one way, there’s only an in and out situation and it’s not two-way lanes, which I think is a risk,” co-owner Muriel Walter said. “So we made sure vehicles have got a clear track on which they move to avoid collisions.”

“It makes it easier to control vehicle movement, and pedestrians and forklifts too.”

It was their onsite traffic procedures and creative thinking that helped them clinch this months’ Agsafe Achievers Award.

Muriel and Matthew Walter have run their CRT branded business for more than eight years, catering to the large broadacre cropping farmers in the district.

About three years ago they moved the store to the main strip where it sits near the town’s sole round-about overlooking the main road in and out.

“It’s in a really lovely location. My husband is a builder so he did all the renovations himself,” she said.

But before they started knocking down walls they sought advice from various experts, including Agsafe’s very own South Australian Facilitator Peter Tsouris, on how to make things safe and efficient.

“Right when we first bought the building we asked people for suggestions on how to improve and change things,” Ms Walter said.

“We showed Peter our plans in their infancy and got suggestions and ideas to make the business more efficient.”

“You’re never going to make it perfect though.”

Peter said not only do the couple manage traffic well, they also keep their stores safe and tidy.

“The Walter’s incorporated management systems to control vehicles movements and segregate their chemicals successfully,” he said.

“They’re one of the best in the business and they’re working to make it even safer every day.”

For Muriel, housekeeping in a business needs to be backed up with the right training, which Peter provides.

“I think the Agsafe training is always very relevant,” she said. “Nearly 90 per cent of the people who do the training are involved in handling chemicals and that side of the training is of paramount importance to our business.”

15 November 2012