Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Federated Farmers and quad bike safety

Media Statement

FREEPHONE 0800 327 646 I WEBSITE WWW.FEDFARM.ORG.NZ 

7 January 2014

Federated Farmers and quad bike safety

Given the tragic death of a child in Southland, Federated Farmers asks the media to respect the family’s privacy as they grieve.

The Federation is an active member of the Agricultural Health and Safety Council and is working to improve New Zealand’s on-farm safety record across the board. This has seen some success over the Christmas/New Year holiday period.

In terms of relative numbers, there are an estimated 100,000 quad bikes on New Zealand’s farms compared to 63,167 road-going motorcycles and 23,298 mopeds (see the grey shaded box in the table at the bottom of page 62).

Solutions to improve quad bike can be complex and if there was an obvious solution that made quad bikes much safer, then we would certainly support it.

The Federation has advocated for safety aids to alert riders if their bike is in gear. This, along with an emphasis on training and the use of age-appropriate bikes, as well as helmet use, is having a positive benefit for safety.

The November 2013 Coronial Investigation by Coroner Shortland recognised the practical realities of using quad bikes in a farm setting.  Indeed, many of the recommendations are current industry practice and that is a good thing.

The fact is that quad bike users need to be trained in active riding techniques, which are required to operate quad bikes safely across rural terrain.

In the case of conventional roll bars, the manufacturers and other researchers have looked at the risks and benefits of fitting these to quad bikes but the outcomes were mixed. 

Quad bikes, just like any other piece of farm machinery and vehicles can be very dangerous and must be treated with respect by anyone operating them.

Online resource:
Quad bike safety: ACC Guide

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#SaveCampbellLive : Mediaworks Delivered 104,000 Petition Signatures At TV3's Newton HQ
#PonyTailGate #TailGate Full Coverage

Pukeahu Park : ANZAC 100th Anniversary Dawn Service In Pictures

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds on Taranaki Street had stretched as far back as the Z Petrol station.

The screens erected around the park displayed the live events to those who had turned up. The heat generated by the huge number of people caused many to take a turn. Medics and ambulances were on hand for the fainting crowd members. Only twenty minutes into the ceremony, one medic said they had already dealt with 15 to 20 spells. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news