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

 


Put farm safety first this summer

Media release

23 January 2012

Put farm safety first this summer

The first occupational agricultural death in 2013 has the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Federated Farmers asking farmers to put safety first in 2013 to bring down the farm toll.

“Five people died doing agricultural work last summer,” says Ona de Rooy, the Ministry’s General Manager Health and Safety Operations.

“As summer is a busy time on the farm it is vital to make safety a top priority.”

“Long hours of work in the heat and sun can lead to fatigue, impair judgement and increase the likelihood of an accident taking place,” Ms de Rooy says.

The New Year is an ideal time to review health and safety practices and ensure workers and contractors understand the hazards around them.

“At this time of the year farms are a magnet for our urban relatives and friends,” says Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson.

“While it means we can share our rural lifestyle with them we must know where to draw the line. While it may cause disappointment, quad bikes, like tractors, are powerful farm machinery and only those physically able and trained should use them.”

“Would you give a young visitor the keys to your brand new ute?”

“Going over your farm hazards with visitors is also a great way to refresh your understanding of them. Working on-farm can breed complacency and we see this in the number of older and more experienced farmers injured in preventable accidents

“While we support the Ministry’s quad bike and safety messaging, we further recommend farmers working alone should carry either a radio telephone, a mobile phone, or if in an area of no coverage, a GPS-equipped Personal Locator Beacon,” Mrs Maxwell says.

Key safety steps in the Ministry’s Quad Bike Safety Project:
• Don’t let children under 16 years of age ride adult quad bikes
• Always wear a helmet
• Riders must be trained/experienced enough to do the job
• Choose the right vehicle for the job.

While children riding quads is a serious concern, research shows that accident victims are predominantly older, experienced riders.

“Farmers often work alone and in isolated areas, so it’s important to understand the bike’s limitations and establish an expected return time with someone on the farm,” Ms de Rooy says.

“Everyone has a responsibility to improve safety on the farm. Look out for yourself, your workers, and your family on the farm this summer.”

[ends]

More information on quad bike safety is available on the Ministry’s website at www.dol.govt.nz/quad-bikes/index.asp

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news