A mate of the Hound’s, recently back home in Wakefield, Nelson following a month in Christchurch for medical treatment, reckons health and safety, ACC and other rules being imposed on farmers are ridiculous compared to other risky sectors.
Farmers spend many hours planning their lives around the farming year, but often health and safety is left out.
A Gore farm machinery company’s shoddy repairs to a tractor have landed it with a fine of $239,063 and reparations of $103,459 awarded to an injured farm worker.
Farmers must accept individual responsibility for the industry’s poor health and safety record, says an industry health and safety leader.
A Wellsford farmer was fined $70,000 and ordered to pay $130,000 in reparation for the death of a worker driving a tractor.
The response to a Northland burn-off that got out of control cost $20,000 to $50,000, involving two helicopters and volunteers from four local areas.