Data Agree on Improving Kiwi Health and Safety Record21 February 2014
NEW ZEALAND – Two data sets show that farm deaths are declining in New Zealand.
A long term decrease of 17.5 per cent has been confirmed by the Accident Compensation Corporation, while WorkSafe NZ reported one farm fatality over the Christmas and New Year period compared to four in 2010.
Farms are also reportedly using more health and safety plans, says Federated Farmers of New Zealand (FFNZ).
This is seen in a 48 per cent rise in purchases of the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy and a 13.5 per cent lift in the Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy since 2012.
Jeanette Maxwell, FFNZ Health and Safety Spokesperson senses a change in mindset on farms, although is aware that the industry has a long way to go.
“Whilst no fatality is acceptable, what we are seeing is a culture change from the hard work of the agricultural industry and its stakeholders,” she said.
“Just like improving our water quality, these things take time.”
“These statistics show we are well on our way to getting it right and I would like to thank everyone who has worked with us and alongside us to improve health and safety on farm,” concluded Mrs Maxwell.
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