• JON WOLFE

Farmers urged to buckle up

The NSW Government has launched a new campaign urging farmers using side-by-side vehicles to wear seat belts following a number of fatal accidents across the state.

Member for Tamworth and Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson MP, said the campaign is focused on lifting on-farm safety following a rise in preventable deathThs in side-by-side vehicles.

“These tragic accidents shouldn’t happen, and this is an important reminder to farmers that despite being the safer option, side-by-side vehicles can still be deadly if not used safely.

“Seven people across NSW have lost their lives in the last twelve months in side-by-side vehicle accidents, which may have been prevented if the right safety measures were taken.”

The NSW Government offers safety rebates to help farmers, including $2,000 for the purchase of a safer side-by-side vehicle, $600 for the purchase of an operator protective (rollover) device, $90 for the purchase of a compliant helmet and $500 for the purchase of a drone.

For more information on safety, rebates and training, please visit https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/hazards-a-z/quad-bikes-and-side-by-side-vehicles.