Quad bike blitz

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

The Depart­ment of Labour is keep­ing quad bike safety firmly in its sights for 2012 and is about to be­gin its au­tumn cam­paign to chal­lenge un­safe quad bike use on farms.

In­spec­tors will re­turn to some of the 880 farms vis­ited in 2011. Where the in­spec­tors find on­go­ing un­safe be­hav­iour, farm­ers may find them­selves with an in­fringe­ment fee.

‘‘Farm­ers have made some progress in the last year. Hel­met sales are up and our in­spec­tors are telling us they’re see­ing more farm­ers tak­ing pos­i­tive safety steps. But there are still farm­ers out there who aren’t get­ting the mes­sage’’ said Depart­ment of Labour ser­vice man­ager Mark What­nall.

‘‘ Farms are work­places and farm­ers must re­mem­ber that they have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the health and safety of their staff,’’ he said.

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