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Proof That Helmets Save Lives

12 January 2006

Proof That Helmets Save Lives

A Norsewood dairy farmer is counting himself very lucky after surviving a head on collision with a car while on his farm motorbike.

Federated Farmers member Iain Emslie was wearing a specially designed and certified all terrain vehicle (ATV) helmet which probably saved his life.

"This accident once again proves the importance of wearing certified helmets on farm motorbikes and ATVs," commented Charlie Pedersen, President of Federated Farmers on New Zealand (Inc).

Mr Pedersen is also the chairman of the New Zealand Agriculture Health and Safety Council which produced ATV guidelines and a specially designed helmet for farm use two years ago.

"The guidelines and the helmet have proved useful for improving safety on farms and minimising harm to human health," said Mr Pedersen.

"Wearing a helmet should be routine for farmers and all people using ATVs and motorbikes. Anything less is asking for trouble," said Mr Pedersen.


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