Feedback sought on draft quad bike guidelines
25 November 2010
The Department of Labour is seeking feedback on its draft Guidelines for the Safe Use of Quad Bikes on Farms.
The draft guidelines support a safety campaign launched by the Department earlier this month that aims to reduce the unacceptably high rate of accidents on farms involving quad bikes.
On average, 850 people are injured each year riding quad bikes on farms. Five die.
“The draft guidelines provide practicable steps that farmers can take to manage the hazards associated with quad bikes,” says the Department’s Chief Adviser for Health and Safety, Dr Geraint Emrys. “They are also much clearer about what is expected of employers and others who have duties under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
“The draft brings the guidelines into line with manufacturers’ recommendations,” Dr Emrys says. “In particular, it reflects manufacturers’ recommendations on helmet use, the need for training, and restrictions on carrying passengers and rider age.”
Dr Emrys says the Department considers it important to maintain consistency with manufacturers’ recommendations in the final document. It is seeking public feedback on the clarity and usability of the draft document.
The guidelines are relevant to farmers, including deer farmers and people involved in forestry activity on farm land, and to the horticulture and viticulture industries.
A copy of the draft guidelines is available on the Department’s website (www.dol.govt.nz). Those wanting to provide feedback should do so by 5pm on Thursday December 16, 2010 using the feedback form that can be downloaded from the Department’s website.
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