Three60 Consult Logo

Inspectors Visiting Farms Check Quad Bike Safety

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013

Farms continue to have one of the highest levels of injury of any workplace in New Zealand, with an average of five quad bike-related deaths annually.  With the arrival of Spring and longer working hours, the chances of an accident on a quad bike rise significantly, and farmers, their families, and farm employees must keep quad bike safety high on their safety priorities list.

National Programmes Support & Design Manager Francois Barton says “we have been running a quad bike safety programme for the past two and a half years, and as Spring approaches, we will be stepping up our visits to farms to ensure these machines are being operated safely”.

“Every year, 850 people are injured on farms riding quad bikes and five die. For many of those injured it was over a week before they could resume normal farming duties. If you can’t work, you can’t farm.

“Farms are workplaces and farmers have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their staff.

“Farms continue to have one of the highest levels of injury of any workplace in New Zealand. Quad bikes are a major factor in this, but one that is easily preventable if these machines are respected and used correctly.

“Most farming injuries happen on flat terrain, in fine and dry conditions. It’s very important not to get complacent when using a quad bike. Remember to keep your employees, your family members, and your own safety at front of mind.”

The Ministry’s quad bike harm reduction campaign seeks to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities through improving quad bike safety on all farms. The campaign has four key safety steps:

  • always wear a helmet
  • ensure riders are trained and experienced
  • never let children ride adult quad bikes
  • choose the right vehicle for the job — especially when towing a load or carrying passengers.

The intention in promoting these four steps is that if quad bike riders on farms put these into practice, riders will experience fewer accidents, and if accidents do occur, riders will experience less serious harm.

Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Disclaimer

This article, and any information contained on our website is necessarily brief and general in nature, and should not be substituted for professional advice. You should always seek professional advice before taking any action in relation to the matters addressed.

Disclaimer

This article, and any information contained on our website is necessarily brief and general in nature, and should not be substituted for professional advice. You should always seek professional advice before taking any action in relation to the matters addressed.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Christmas is coming…

Christmas is coming…

Once Labour Day has been [yes, believe it or not it’s this coming Monday], the next public holidays are at Christmas and New Year. It always feels like employers have to put a bit more thought into Christmas and New Year because: there are four public holidays; this is a time that many businesses have their annual closedown period; many employees take their annual leave; some employees don’t have enough leave to cover this period; some employment agreements have special rates for these public holidays; and, let’s face it, it is a busy busy busy time. In the next few weeks, my colleague, Tasneem Begum, and I will be offering a free webinar for those employers who want a bit more information around those tricky calculations for leave at this time of the year. We will also be able to answer the questions you have and the challenges you face with leave during the Christmas/New Year period. You are not alone with the questions you have – Questions we are often asked at this time of the year are about employing staff to cover the busy Christmas period

Read More
What the heck is going on with pay?

What the heck is going on with pay?

While we are conscious of the impact that inflation is having on wage and salary conversations, there are four other levers that have been, and are being, used to bring about fundamental change and significant uplift to pay in New Zealand. The Government is using these levers to drive increases in pay at various levels in ways that we may not be conscious of. However, when brought together as a single thread, they are having a big impact.

Read More
To Mediate or not to Mediate

To Mediate or not to Mediate

To mediate or not to mediate – that is the question… While William Shakespeare put into verse Hamlet’s soliloquy in endless agonising verse about dire choices with absolutely no chance of a happy ending – it is not so with mediation. Change the name, and the thinking around the word mediation. Let’s start thinking about it and calling it “an opportunity”. That’s really what mediation is; an opportunity for parties in conflict to come together and sort out their problem(s). It doesn’t have to be the only option, but it should be considered as a first step.

Read More
PREV NEXT