A seriously injured farm worker who walked 2km for help following a quad bike accident is in a stable condition in hospital.
The accident happened on a farm south of Waipukarau on Sunday.
The 22-year-old suffered multiple fractures to his face and head but managed to walk about 2km to the nearest house to raise the alarm, a rescue helicopter pilot says.
He is being treated at Hawke's Bay Hospital in Hastings.
A rural contractor in Hawke's Bay says serious injuries and deaths from quad bike accidents will continue unless roll bars are made mandatory.
Brian Kirk has been advocating for five years for bikes to be made safer and says the current practice by manufacturers of invalidating the warranty if a roll bars are fitted has to stop.