Ian & Sandra Matthews talk near misses with quad bikes on the farm - they won a free ATVLifeGuard crush protection device for sharing their story with Rural Exchange & WorkSafe.
“Some people get around their farms without helmets or seatbelts, but my experience shows accidents can happen easily. They think they are all right in a side by side, but you should always use a helmet and seatbelt too.
“A casual staff member who worked here had never had to wear a helmet when working on a farm but every time she needed to get on a farm bike, she went and got her helmet, without being reminded – which was great.”
History is important to the Matthews, who have farmed together for 28 years. The land has been farmed by Ian’s family for over 110 years.
Ian and Sandra won a CPD in a competition run by WorkSafe New Zealand and the Rural Exchange (REX) radio show.
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