Another death. Or so it seems. And like night follows day, calls for the government to step in and legislate against stupidity.
Farmers are increasingly frustrated and fearful over upcoming changes to health and safety legislation around quad bikes, a farming industry leader says.
Later this year, changes to the Health and Safety Act will result in tougher penalties for non-compliance, including higher fines for people riding quad bikes with passengers.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand chairman James Parsons said farmers in the meat and wool industry were concerned.
Farms were workplaces as well as homes, and new harsher penalties for having passengers on quad bikes would change things dramatically for families; what was needed was a code of compliance for for quad bikes rather than “draconian” new rules, he said.
Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said farmers were doing nothing to address the increasing number of deaths caused by quad bikes.
She said farming leaders needed to step up and stop resisting the new laws.
“The accident rate is increasing and a half of New Zealand workplace deaths occur in agriculture and the leadership group – Federated Farmers and Beef and Lamb – do nothing except criticise and resist and changes,” Ms Kelly said.
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