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Seatbelts save lives 

Watch this Sarah's Country's interview about how wearing a seatbelt and a helmet, saved Daniel Hansen's life. 

"Coming back down (the track) the weight of the side by side slid.... and it just carried on sliding sideways and off the edge of the track and rolled five times. Got to the bottom, undid my seatbelt, undid my net, and walked away." 


"If I didn't have my seatbelt on, I would've been crushed."

"A few years ago, one of my children was a passenger in a side-by-side.... he was not wearing a seatbelt and the sudden halt of the vehicle resulted in his face and throat smashing into the dashboard, resulting in a life-threatening windpipe injury and long-lasting concussion issues."

Click here to read Karen's story

The importance of buckling up on the farm

Latest stats have revealed that nearly half of all vehicle-related fatalities on the farm could have been avoided if a seatbelt was being used.

Refusing to make it click on the job was the largest single factor contributing to fatal work-related accidents according to the WorkSafe analysis.

Make it Click

By Safer Farms General Manager Tony Watson 

Seatbelts are designed to keep the operator in the seat if things go wrong. And because we’re human, if we’re tired, it’s easier for things to go wrong.

Somehow working huge hours on farm became a badge of honour – yes, our industry has been built on the toil and sheer determination of our farming forebears, however we now understand the effects of fatigue and distraction on our ability to do things like make good decisions and operate machinery safely.

Hit a hole or a stump and it's too easy to be bounced off the seat or have your feet or hands knocked off the brakes or steering wheel. There are good reasons that legislation requires seatbelts and manufacturers design and install seatbelts on tractors, utes and side-by-sides.
Read more here

Our stories 

Have YOU got a story to share?!
We'd love to hear and share it so we can learn from each other - anonymous or not! 
Get in touch with with your yarn. 

"I put my helmet on, not because I expect to have a crash or fall off but because it’s a bit like paying my insurance policy and I really like my skid lid!"
Click here to read Harriet's story

"Fold your arms, say a prayer and don't chase after a runaway vehicle, ever". 
Click here to read our farmer's story
“I couldn’t get anything to open. I ended up gasping for breath in the last couple hundred mls of cab space, managed to kick the back window open, grabbed the blade on the back of the tractor..."
Click here to read the full Farmstrong article
After losing his young son in a 4WD river crossing a year ago, Damien knows all too well that anything could go wrong and always the chance to go wrong no matter how many times you've done something or how experienced you are. 

He's pleading for anyone and everyone to stop and think about something before you do it, as he still lives with the daily trauma of his son's tragic death. 

Resources to help YOU this Autumn 

"Creating a safe and healthy culture needs to be a conscious and deliberate effort every day. Lead by example to show your team that safe practices are expected."

Check out DairyNZ's Farm Health and Safety tips here

Check out Beef + Lamb NZ's Farm Safety Management Plan
A reminder that you are required to work with WorkSafe inspectors! 

A Manawatu Dairy Farmer was fined $4,000 after deliberately obstructing inspectors from accessing his property during regional visits aimed at educating and upskilling farmers about hazardous substances. 

"Our education work is critical to lifting health and safety performance and deliberately obstructing our inspectors from carrying out their work at any time makes no sense at all," WorkSafe said. Read more here.

And WHY is the handling of hazardous substances so important?! 

Three organisations were fined after five contractors suffered chemical burns while disinfecting a property that had a suspected Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. 

A number of contractors were taken to hospital after suffering minor or superficial burns to their arms, faces or hands as a result of contact with a chemical product. 
Read the article here
DWN's hosting six face-to-face workshops around the country about being a great employer and employee - covering employment contracts and rosters, salary packages, accommodation requirements, as well as growth opportunities, wellbeing and building strong team relationships. 

Recapping 2020 

According to, provisional WorkSafe figures reveal there were seven quad bike deaths up to September 28, 2020.

Those figures alone put 2020 as the second worst year for quad bike fatalities since statistics started in 2006 - and that also doesn't even include the last three months of the year. 

In 2015 there were nine deaths which is the top deadliest year for quad bike deaths. 

Read the article here
So what is going so wrong that instead of deaths decreasing, they're rising? 

How could we be combatting this issue? 

What messages around ROPS and roll bars aren't being heard? 

As Tony puts it:

"It’s hard to understand the resistance to ROPS on quads, especially after you hear from someone who has been saved by one.
Farmers seem to have no problem fitting other bars and racks on quads, but for some reason don’t like fitting a device that could actually save them from serious injury or death."

Safer Farms in the news

Check out Safer Farms' health, safety and wellbeing advocate Harriet Bremner's appearance on The Country TV's Point of View with Mark Leishman.
Newshub spoke to Safer Farms GM Tony Watson to get some tips to ensure summer on farm was memorable for all the right reasons. View here
Have you seen Harriet Bremner's farm safety column in the Dairy Exporter magazine? Check it out here

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