[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 and safety plan that is checked by an inspector. Over the past six years, the farming sector has had almost four times the number of workplace deaths than forestry, construction and manufacturing. 2017 figures were lower. WorkSafe Agricultural Leader Al McCone said the changes had caused a lot of annoyed farmers due to the heavy amounts of paper work. Those blatantly not following regulations will receive a fine penalisation.