Focus on the Land
Spring campaign on quads
Saturday, September 15, 2012
FARMERS, their families and employees are once again being reminded of quad bike safety as the busy spring season approaches.
The Labour Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is committed to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities involving quad bike accidents.
“With the pace of work in farms picking up as spring approaches it is vital that people understand how to use quad bikes,” says Labour Group Deputy Chief Executive, Lesley Haines.
“Quad bike safety is one of four key campaigns the Labour Group is delivering to reduce New Zealand’s unacceptable work toll. We are committed to working to educate people on how to use quads safely, we will challenge dangerous behaviour, and we will consider prosecution following cases of serious injury or fatality if the basic safety steps have not been taken.
“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 used correctly.
“Accidents and fatalities caused by quad bike are, unfortunately, regularly in the news. Coroners have endorsed the advice of the Labour Group and ACC on the importance of using the most appropriate vehicle for the job, wearing a helmet and most importantly receiving the correct training, however experienced the user believes they are.”
Farmers are encouraged to be prepared for visits from health and safety inspectors throughout the year and can expect action to be taken if unsafe practices are identified.
There are four key safety messages as part of the campaign; ensure riders are trained and experienced, always wear a helmet, never let children ride adult quad bikes, choose the right vehicle for the job.
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