WorkSafe sees large reduction in on farm fatalities

Rural Exchange 09/09/2018

Keeping our family and staff safe on the land should always be top priority for any farm owner.

Al McCone, Sector Lead – Agriculture at WorkSafe New Zealand joined RadioLIVE’s Rural Exchange to discuss the latest figures showing on farm accidents are declining.

“The 12 month rolling average has been dropping since early 2015. Farmers can take some credit for that,” Mr McCone said.

“Many farmers now accept that it isn’t about compliance or form filling, but about making health and safety a priority.”

Mr McCone says some of those priorities include keeping their people and staff safe, as well as their families.

“And doing that by saying what are the things that can kill or harm people on my farm, and what am I going to do about it,” he told RadioLIVE.

Last year saw a “huge reduction” in fatalities on farm. However, quad bikes still had roughly the same number of deaths.

“They are vehicles that require an awful lot of care when you’re using them,” Mr McCone said.

Watch the full interview with Al McCone above.

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