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Farmers urged to buckle up

Published: 20 August 2020
Released by: Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation

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

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, said the campaign is focused on lifting on-farm safety following a rise in preventable deaths in side-by-side vehicles. 
 
“These tragic accidents shouldn’t happen, and we’re reminding 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.  
 
“It’s been a tough time for our farmers, which is why we’ve made sure being safe is not cost-prohibitive.” 
 
“I’m urging all farmers to prioritise your own safety, and the safety of those who work with you, by using on-farm vehicles responsibly and with the correct safety gear.”  
 
SafeWork NSW has also partnered with Tocal College to deliver free side-by-side vehicle-accredited training. 
 
More information on side-by-side vehicle safety.

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