Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Ministry Asks Farmers for a Safe Start to 2013

3 January 2013

Ministry Asks Farmers for a Safe Start to 2013

Farmers are being warned to keep themselves safe this summer – a time when more fatal accidents can occur.

Since Christmas Day there has already been one death and two injuries relating to quad bike accidents on farms.

Research shows that longer daylight hours can lead to an apparent increase in workplace deaths – with accidents more likely to happen when people work longer hours and become physically exhausted.

With agriculture having one of the highest levels of workplace injury, disease and fatalities, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment wants farmers to stop and think about their safety before they step outside this summer.

“Stress and fatigue are big issues to consider on the farm at this time of year,” says the Ministry’s General Manager Health and Safety Operations, Ona de Rooy.

“Farmers and their workers are likely to take advantage of daylight saving, and so they must understand and be aware of the triggers and signs of stress and fatigue and manage them appropriately.

“It can be as easy as forgetting to check the quad bike before you head out or making a small mistake when moving livestock because you’re too tired. These can all lead to fatal consequences.

“We would like to see farmers make safety a priority in 2013 – let’s start the year how we mean to continue.”

As part of the Ministry’s drive to reduce death, injury and illness in agriculture, the Agriculture Action Plan was launched in 2012.

As well as this, the Ministry’s Quad Bike Safety campaign is continuing into 2013.

“Farmers can expect to see our inspectors this year, they’ll be dropping by to check on how quad bikes are being used – and where safety issues are identified there will be penalties,” says Ms de Rooy.

“If we are to see a noticeable reduction in the number of farmers and their workers being harmed at work we must all work together to put safety first this summer.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Price Of Cheese: Dairy Product Prices Fall To The Lowest This Year

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, hitting the lowest level in the 2015 auctions so far, as prices for milk powder and butter slid amid concern about the outlook for commodities. More>>

ALSO:

Houston, We Have An Air Route: Air New Zealand To Fly Direct To The Heart Of Texas

Air New Zealand will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Reserve Bank’s Spencer Calls On Govt To Rethink Housing Tax

The Reserve Bank has urged the government to take another look at a capital gains tax on investment in housing, allow increased high-density development and cut red tape for planning consents to address an over-heated Auckland property market. More>>

ALSO:

The Nation: Call For Cross-Party Auckland Housing Plan

Penny Hulse calls for cross-party accord on Auckland housing because “it’s too important to score political points on”. More>>

ALSO:

Flu Season: Overcoming Vaccination Reluctance

While research shows that 40% of New Zealand businesses offer free or subsidised flu vaccinations to employees this time of year, HR professionals say persuading staff to participate is the biggest challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news