The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.
Regardless of whether the accident is work related or not, when a child dies in an accident on farm, it's often an avoidable tragedy.
The Health and Safety Reform Bill got lots of media coverage about what does, and does not, constitute a high-risk industry.
Nick Barclay, from WorkSafe NZ says while much media focus is on quads, they are not the only problem.
While the Health and Safety legislation debate raged in Parliament, inspectors from WorkSafe NZ were out talking to farmers. One was Rural News reporter Peter Burke who owns a small ‘life sentence’ block in Horowhenua.
Labour leader Andrew Little says the Government should have sorted out the problems in the new Health and Safety bill during the select committee process and not dropped the changes on Parliament as it did.
Engage don't enrage: that’s the message to WorkSafe NZ from Federated Farmers. National president William Rolleston said this as the new Health and Safety Reform Bill was debated in Parliament last week.
Dairy farm injuries rise during calving and WorkSafe is reminding farmers of the risks posed by livestock and vehicles.
If your workers do things outside the rules of your business and you’ve told them not to, then they will be held ultimately responsible for any incident, says Al McCone, programme manager agriculture, WorkSafe New Zealand.