26 Nov 2008

Tractor seatbelts issue

10:29 am on 26 November 2008

Federated Farmers rejects a Coroner's suggestion that all tractors should be fitted with seatbelts.

In June 2006, a farmworker died when a tractor-trailer unit rolled on steep terrain near Tolaga Bay on the East Coast.

Gisborne Coroner Allan Hall says Grant Yates would have survived the accident if he had been wearing a seatbelt.

Federated Farmers spokesperson Frank Brenmuhl says it would be one thing to have a seatbelt fitted, and quite another to police the rule.

He says an education programme is needed so farmers can consider fitting seatbelts to tractors.