On the farm

Make sure you, your workers and your family stay safe while you’re doing what you need to do every day on your farm. It’s better to make the effort to work safely than to be laid up with an injury when the muster is on or your fences need repairing. Besides, an injury doesn’t just hit your back pocket. It hits your family, your farm and your community, and it hits you.

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In December 2013, Government introduced WorkSafe New Zealand a new regulatory agency dedicated to improving workplace health and safety and achieving a 25% reduction in workplace deaths and serious harm by 2020.

ACC works alongside WorkSafe NZ where collaboration makes sense, and also maintains its own workplace injury prevention programmes and products.

In March 2014 Government introduced the Health and Safety Reform Bill representing a significant change to New Zealand’s health and safety system. You can read more about this Bill on the WorkSafe New Zealand site.

Children and farm safety

Animals, farm vehicles, machinery, water hazards, chemicals and roads are the biggest reasons why rural kids get injured. You need to keep your kids (and their visiting friends) away from these hazards where you can, and also teach them how to stay safe on the farm.

Cattle handling

Every year over 15,000 people are injured while handling livestock. There are some key things you can do to stay safe when you’re handling cattle.

Machinery and equipment safety

Farm machinery can be a valuable part of your business or a lethal weapon. Make sure you keep yourself safe by taking some simple steps.

Farm vehicle safety

You’ll find tractors and quad bikes on nearly every New Zealand farm or lifestyle block and they’re a great help around the farm. They can also be fatal when used the wrong way, so read on to make sure you’re using yours safely.

Other safety issues on your farm

Manual handling, slips, trips and falls, noise, breathable hazards and fatigue can all do you damage on the farm, but there are simple things you can do to help keep yourself safe from day to day. You need to keep visitors and contractors safe on your farm too.

Last updated: 30 May 2014

Last reviewed: 16 May 2014