Why we’re here
Agricultural production and processing generates a large part of our gross domestic product, providing jobs for a similar proportion of the New Zealand workforce. The sector depends on the health of its producers to ensure the economy continues to prosper.
More people are killed in agriculture than any other sector in New Zealand – 20 people died on our farms in 2014.
Farmers, their families and farming communities are directly affected, and bear the cost of deaths and injuries on the farm. It’s in everyone’s best interest that farmers and their families are kept safe and healthy on their farms.
WorkSafe is partnering with farmers and their families, rural community, and sector organisations on a comprehensive information and education campaign starting from February 2015 to tackle the high number of deaths and serious injuries on farms.
Saferfarms.org.nz is a dedicated website for farmers to get clear health and safety advice and information.
Did you know?
120 people died on farms from 2008 to 2014.
Your duties under the law
All New Zealand workplaces are currently subject to the Health and Safety in Employment (HSE) Act 1992 and where applicable, the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996.
The Health and Safety at Work Act has been passed in Parliament and will come into force on 4 April 2016.