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.
Federated Farmers is extending its “deepest sympathy” to the family of a four-year-old boy found dead in a farm effluent pond near Harihari in south Westland.
When the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASWA) came into force two years ago there were misgivings and nervousness in the rural sector.
It was a headline that should remind all of us about the risks of asking our staff or ourselves to work very long hours.
The steps that lead to good business are the same as those that lead to good health and safety practices, says Al McCone, sector leader for agriculture at WorkSafe New Zealand.
Last month marked the one year anniversary since the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 was enacted.
Farmers are being urged to keep themselves and staff safe when doing routine jobs with vehicles after a farm employee was crushed under a quad while travelling on sloping terrain with a spray tank fitted to the front of the vehicle.