Almost half of vehicle-related deaths on farm could be avoided if seatbelts were used.
WorkSafe New Zealand is advising farmers to buckle up after an analysis of vehicle-related fatalities found that nearly half those that occur on farm could have been avoided if a seatbelt was being used.
The data analysis, completed by WorkSafe, reveals that not wearing seatbelts while on the job was the largest single factor contributing to fatal work-related accidents.
The data analysis coincides with the launch of a new side-by-side vehicle simulator which will spend the next six months travelling New Zealand’s agricultural Fieldays and featuring in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition.
The simulator allows a driver to sit in the seat of a retired side-by-side vehicle and navigate a series of farm safety tasks while driving an off road course. The first task is putting on your seatbelt.
“Putting on your seatbelt is the simplest task and one we practice easily when driving on the open road,” says WorkSafe engagement lead for agriculture Al McCone.
“If we can get people doing this on farm as well – we will see lives saved.”