Famers urged to wear seatbelts on tractors
Source: Safety in Australia
The Department of Labour is today urging farmers to wear seatbelts on
tractors, and to fit seatbelts to older tractors, to ensure their safety.
"The Coroner's report into the death of a farmer in Masterton highlights
just how important it is for farmers to take their safety seriously while
riding on tractors," says the Department's Chief Adviser Health and Safety,
Dr Geraint Emrys.
"All new tractors which are fitted with seatbelts should be used. Farmers
should also seriously consider fitting seatbelts, and roll protection
devices to older tractors. If seatbelts are not used, farmers are putting
themselves at serious risk," he says.
"Failure to take all practicable steps under these circumstances is likely
to result in the driver being killed, which is a far worse outcome than any
potential enforcement action by the Department."
Please notethat health and safety services,
formerly referred to as Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) should now be
referred to as the Department of Labour.
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