Health and Safety

Call for compulsory quad bike rollover bars

[06 June/The Country] Worksafe has just released new quad safety recommendations endorsed by Federated Farmers which state that crush protection devices are strongly recommended. However, quad bike accident survivor and Otago Farmer Douglas Jack reports that the recommendations do not go far enough. Jack commented he only survived both accidents because of his use of...

Alliance Group fined $330,000 after worker loses finger tips in boning machine

[06 June/Stuff NZ] Alliance Group was sentenced at Invercargill District Court on Thursday and fined $331,875 as a result of the January 2018 incident at the plant in Mataura which resulted in a worker having the tips of his fingers amputated. After the incident, the worker drove himself to Gore hospital to seek medical help...

‘Dangerous country’: Two killed in quad bike crash, tour group had no permission for Kakanui Range, Otago ride

[25 March/The Country] A crash in Kakanui range which killed two people, occurred on David Douglas’ Dome Hills Station. Mr Douglas was unaware the group was operating on a remote part of his 700 hectare property and the group had not sought permission. It had been reported that the area is dangerous and should not...

Fight to make quad bikes safer gaining traction, but progress is slow

[16 March/Stuff NZ] Trauma surgeon Li Hsee and his colleagues see lots of blood and many broken bones resulting from quad bike crashes. Mr Hsee reported these incidents as being avoidable, particularly those involving children. Several calls have been made urging the New Zealand and Australian governments to ban the bikes for those under the...

Digital tool Tahi Ngātahi is improving woolshed safety this summer

[9 December/Stuff] Shearers are tackling taboo subjects after the launch of an injury prevention tool at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch in November with topics such as such as managing stress and mental health being addressed. Rangitīkei shearer Shane Ratima, says the online application, Tahi Ngātahi, addresses topics not typically talked about in...

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...

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...