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


Stay safe on quads

Media Release

9 APRIL 2015

Stay safe on quads

Farmers are being urged to take special care on quad-bikes after two fatalities this week. A farmer died on his Wairarapa farm on Tuesday, while a 17-year-old died today on a farm in Kaikohe.

“These two tragic events are a reminder to the farming community that while quad-bikes are a useful tool on the farm, they need to be used safely,” says Francois Barton, Manager of National Programmes at WorkSafe New Zealand.

“Five people died on quad-bikes in 2014 and many were seriously harmed. Using a quad safely comes down to the attitude of the user, their safety practices, making safe choices and using the bike responsibly.”

Worksafe’s Safer Farms programme was launched in February and part of its mandate is to focus on quad safety. “Safer Farms supports farmers and rural communities to better understand and manage the many risks on New Zealand farms, including quad-bikes,” says Francois Barton.

“There is plenty of available information on quad safety - from quad distributers, on the Safer Farms website and through the contact centre. Our assessment inspectors often talk about quad safety when doing farm assessments and provide quad safety information to farmers when it is needed.

“As long as quad-bike incidents remain a significant part of the farm safety problem, they will remain part of WorkSafe’s focus.”

WorkSafe’s advice for farmers on better managing quad-bike risks remains:

o Riders must be trained/experienced enough to do the job

o Choose the right vehicle for the job – don’t carry passengers and tow too much

o Always wear a helmet

o Don’t let kids ride adult sized quad bikes

Other steps include:

• Keep quad-bikes maintained in a safe condition.

• Take care on slopes and rough terrain – don’t exceed the capabilities of the bike.

• Don’t do tasks that interfere with safe riding – keep both hands on the bike, eyes on the ground in front.

For more information on staying safe on farms, go to or call 0800 030 040.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Energy Resources Aotearoa: Doubling Of Coal Use Shows Need For Local Natural Gas

New figures showing a near doubling of coal-fired electricity generation highlight New Zealand’s energy shortage and the need for natural gas as a lower carbon alternative, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa... More>>

E Tu: ‘Sense Of Mourning’ As Norske Skog Mill Set To Close

Workers at Norske Skog’s Tasman Mill now know they’ll be losing their jobs in little over a month’s time.
On Wednesday afternoon, workers were told the mill will be stopping production from the end of June... More>>

Stats NZ: Card Spending Sees Strong Growth In May

Seasonally adjusted card spending rose by $189 million (2.3 percent) between April 2021 and May 2021, Stats NZ said today.
Spending rose across all industries for the first time since New Zealand moved to level 1 in June 2020... More>>

Auction: 1.4 Million In Rare Vintage Watches, Gems, Jewels & Diamonds Go Under The Hammer At Webb’s

An auction event showcasing over 1.4 Million dollars in rare jewels, gems, diamonds and vintage watches is due to take place this Sunday by Auckland based auction house Webb’s... More>>

Catalist: NZ’s New SME Stock Exchange, Gets Licence To Go Public

New Zealand has a new stock exchange – designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to raise up to $20 million a year from the public.
Called Catalist, the exchange has already been successfully working the private investment sector.... More>>

E-Commerce: Over 40% Of Those Engaged In The Bitcoin Community Are Millennials

Bitcoin has emerged to be a popular topic among millennials with digital currency increasingly being viewed as a potential source of creating wealth through investments. The interest in bitcoin by millennials signals the role this age group plays in the possible realization of the digital currency’s mass adoption... More>>