Farming men, women, children and agricultural workers are exposed to many hazards which can potentially cause trauma and injury, resulting in bleeding. Bleeding may present as minor bleeding from small cuts, abrasions and nosebleeds or severe externally or internally from trauma. Bleeding always requires immediate attention and first aid.

  • First aid for severe external bleeding includes direct pressure on the wound maintained by using preferably clean pads and bandages, and raising the injured area above the level of the heart if possible.
  • First aid for internal bleedingincludes laying the person down, raising their legs above the level of their heart and not giving them anything to eat or drink.
  • First aid for small cuts and abrasionscan be treated at home. Clean the area of the wound, disinfect and apply a clean bandage or bandaid

To find out more on the different types of bleeding, treatment and management. Go to Better Health Channel

Severe bleeding, which doesn’t stop after at least 10 minutes of continuous pressure, requires medical attention.

Call triple zero (000) and maintain pressure on the wound until emergency medical first aid arrives. This will assist with reducing blood pressure to the area – limiting blood loss. Always have a well-stocked first aid kit available. Keep several first aid kits around the farm, for example in the workshop, shearing shed and on the tractor. To purchase first aid kits visit our online Safety Shop.

References used for this bleeding page

More information:

Farmer Health

First aid kits

Medline Plus


Better Health Channel


St John Ambulance NSW

Management of severe bleeding


Fast facts:


  • First aid for external bleeding is critical to limit blood loss.
  • Apply direct pressure on the wound. Use pads, bandages, or anything available like towels or a t-shirt if you are not near a first aid kit.
  • For external bleeding – raise the injured area above the level of the heart if you can.
  • For internal bleeding – lay the injured person down and raise their legs above the heart. Do not offer food or drink.
  • If severe bleeding continues after 10 minutes of continuous pressure call triple zero (000) and give a clear description of your location and emergency situation. Remain calm, stay focused, and stay relevant.

Last updated: 18th January, 2019