Health and Safety

Free software drives home farm safety message

[8 October/Stuff] Farmlands want to help make New Zealand farms the safest in the world. They looked to their 68,000 shareholders nationwide to join their quest to improve New Zealand’s poor health and safety record in the primary sector. As the first step, Farmlands want to equip all farmers with free safety software to help...

Farm deaths and injuries declining despite latest tragedy

[2 October/Stuff] According to Federated Farmers President, Katie Milne, it was a hard weekend after news that a mother and son died on a north Otago farm. They died in a tractor accident. Deaths and injuries of people working on farms had been trending downwards as the sector took the issue more seriously. Last year,...

Forestry not agriculture is NZ’s most dangerous job

[19 August/Stuff] Although more people die on the job on farms, fatality rates are four times higher in the forestry industry. Farming had a reputation of being the most dangerous occupation due to the higher number of deaths, however more people work on farms than in other industries. Between 2011 and July 2018, 132 people...

Landcorp launches safety programme after deaths

[6 December/ Radio NZ] Landcorp had launched a health and safety programme to try and reduce the high number of deaths and accidents in the sector. The programme was a joint venture between Landcorp and Wilson Consulting Group of Australia and aimed to get farmers on short courses around the country. Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven...

Ospri bans the use of quad bikes by workers and contractors from January

[27 November/ Stuff] Government agency, Ospri has banned the use of quad bikes by its workers and contractors from January 2018 due to safety concerns. The Department of Conservation had already stopped its staff from using the bikes, while Landcorp had taken 200 quad bikes off farms and replaced them with safer vehicles. Quad bikes...

Warning: Common infections are developing resistance to antibiotics, health crisis looming

[13 November/New Zealand Herald] New Zealanders are being warned by the NZ College of Public Health Medicine that some common infections are developing resistance to current medicines, and a health crisis is looming. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a state where micro-organisms are non-responsive to antimicrobial medicine treatment, such as antibiotics and antifungals, could cause 10 million...

New rules to cover farm chemicals

[2 November/New Zealand Herald] The new Health and Safety at Work Regulations come into effect on December 1. New changes are aimed at reducing the harm from work-related activities involve the use of hazardous substances, such as pesticides and fertilisers. All farmers are now required to make a list of the hazardous substances on their...

Zespri to pay $250,000 after orchard worker dies in quad bike accident

[30 October/Stuff] Zespri has voluntarily paid $250,000 towards safety measures following a quad bike accident in May 2016 that resulted in the death of an orchid worker. This sum included $25, 000 paid to the deceased’s family. WorkSafe NZ accepted an enforceable undertaking from Zespri. Three other parties involved have been charged with the death....

Farm deaths so far this year lower than in last three years

[11 October/ Stuff] Fewer farmers have been killed on the job in the first nine months of 2017 than for the same period in each of the last three years. Currently, 11 farmers have died in 2017 compared to an average of 15 for 2014, 2015 and 2016. There have been five quad bike deaths...

Time for health shakeup

[13 October/Otago Daily Times] Southern District Health Board (SDHB) proposed a new healthcare model that will significantly boost funding provided to primary healthcare services. SDHB’s Southern primary and community care strategy and action plan aims to redirect funding away from acute care and into primary and community care and prevention. This will increase funding for...

One in five farmers ignoring safety regs – WorkSafe

[10 October/ Radio New Zealand] WorkSafe have said about 20 percent of farmers are not up to scratch with new health and safety regulations. Health and safety rules were intensified 18 months ago to reduce the number of deaths and accidents. Farmers must now formally identify and manage risks on farm and have a health...

Talk to staff about calving risks

 [21 September/ New Zealand Herald] WorkSafe’s Agriculture Sector Lead Al McCone said farmers preparing for calving should also consider effective methods to keep workers safe also. Risks include slips, trips, falls and kick injuries, which are high risks during calving. Cattle should only be handled by suitably experienced people who know the hazards and how...

Still too many quad bike fatalities, safety expert says

[17 July/ Stuff] Managing Director of OnFarmSafety New Zealand, Bronwyn Muir, said too many New Zealanders are being killed or injured in quad bike accidents. WorkSafe statistics for the first half of 2017 show three out of the nine agricultural workplace related deaths involved quad bikes. Ms Muir said these injuries and deaths could have...

Farming heavy hitters sign the safety pledge

 [19 December/ NZ Farmers Weekly] A group of 24 agricultural industry leaders have come together to establish the Agricultural Leaders’ Health and Safety Action Group in order to make farming safer. The group included co-operative processors and retailers, farming companies and producer groups. Group Chairman, Steven Carden said everyone wanted better health and safety and...

Farmers’ health and safety group launches

 [24 November/ Radio NZ] Some of the biggest names in New Zealand agriculture have launched a new health and safety group in an effort to make farming safer. The new Agricultural Leaders’ Health and Safety Action Group consisted of 24 founding members who have committed to learn from each other’s experiences in health and safety...

Farmers urged to do on-line quad bike safety survey

[25 July/ Safer Farms] WorkSafe New Zealand has encouraged farmers to take part in a quad bike survey from the University of New South Wales. The survey looked at how riders survived or were injured in quad bike incidents, and whether rollover protection devices fitted to quad bikes were producing the desired result. WorkSafe Agriculture...

Big demand for H&S advice

 [24 May/ Rural News] Beef + Lamb New Zealand General Manager, Richard Wakelin said the industry body had originally planned to run 32 health and safety seminars by the end of June, but the demand was prompting it to run at least double this number. Mr Wakelin added that health and safety had dominated the...

Dairy farmer loses even more to nitrate poisoning

 [20 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Waikato Sharemilkers, Cam and Tessa Hodgson have lost 49 cows to nitrate poisoning, costing them up to $73,000. Federated Farmers Sharemilkers Section Chairman, Neil Filer said farmers were rarely offered herd insurance by companies as insurance providers only bothered covering a stud bull with good genetics or a racehorse....

Death rate must drop

[4 April/ Farmers Weekly] Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Michael Woodhouse said workplace death and injury rates had fallen in the forestry, construction and manufacturing sectors, but figures from farming had hardly moved, with about half of all workplace deaths occurring on farms. Mr Woodhouse added that farmers needed to do their bit to achieve...

Agriculture accounts for more than half of NZ workplace deaths

[15 March/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Workers in the agriculture sector are almost 20 times more likely to be killed compared to workers in other sectors. Labour Workplace Safety Spokeswoman, Sue Moroney said National was putting farmers, farm workers and their families at risk by failing to provide the full protection of health and safety...

Animal rights advocates exhort farmers to commit suicide

[11 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Animal rights advocates have been urging farmers to commit suicide. Waikato Herd Manager, Gina Greenwood said farmers were not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have angered the animal welfare activists. Ms Greenwood explained that the calves were killed while being transported from farms to processing works, and...

Loe urges helmet use on quad bikes

[11 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Worksafe’s Safer Farms Programme Ambassador, Richard Loe said there were far too many farmers being killed in quad bike accidents around the country. Mr Loe said he aimed to educate the rural community on how they could be safer on the farm. Mr Loe attended the Southern Field Days...

Forestry contractor ordered to pay $75,000 to crushed worker’s family

[30 October/ NZ Herald] Paul Burr, the forestry contractor acquitted last month for manslaughter of Lincoln Kidd, a 20 year old worker, has been ordered to pay a $75,000 in reparations to the Mr Kidd’s family after admitting a health and safety charge relating to the death.  Mr Kidd died in an accident on a...

New data on agriculture ACC claims

[16 October/ Radio NZ Rural] According to Statistics New Zealand, agriculture, forestry and fisheries workers had the highest rate of work related claims by occupation in 2014. The three industries had a combined 32,500 claims accepted by ACC, equivalent to 242 injuries for every 1000 full time employees. The three also had the highest rate...