Farming classified as 'most deadly occupation' in New Zealand
Martin Ryan looks at how other countries are tackling farm safety.
Quad bike and tractor accidents have become the most common causes of death on farms in New Zealand where farming is classified as "the most deadly" occupation, claiming, on average, a life every three weeks throughout the year.
In addition the statistics show that a farmer or an agricultural worker is injured every half an hour.
The NZ Department of Labour launched the Partners in Action pledge in 2014 to target a reduction in workplace deaths. It sets the challenge for all employers to achieve "zero harm" in New Zealand workplaces, and within the first few months 237 businesses had already made commitments to improving health and safety in their businesses.
Bruce Wills, president of NZ Federated Farmers said the ongoing toll of farm deaths makes very sad reading.
"No death is acceptable. We've got to do better. The culture needs to change in some farming communities. It's probably more the older group - the traditional, rugged, independent farmer," he commented.
Bruce reminds his fellow farmers that their occupation has always been a risky business, but that it is all the more reason why extra care must be taken by those who work within and in contact with the sector.