15 May 2009

Farm safety seminars held to reduce deaths

1:07 pm on 15 May 2009

Federated Farmers is holding a series of seminars in a bid to reduce the number of deaths from on-farm accidents.

They are being run with the Accident Compensation Corporation and FMG, a rural insurance company.

Statistics show there were 20 farm-related fatalities in New Zealand last year, which the federation attributes to poor on-farm risk analysis.

President Don Nicolson says the growing number of dairy farm conversions means new people have entered the industry with little previous experience about how to keep themselves safe.

He says many of the accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, could have been avoided.

The seminars will run until early June.