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Federated Farmers is backing a decision by WorkSafe to "strongly recommend"
installation of a crush protection device on quad bikes used for work purposes.

President Katie Milne says for some time Federated Farmers has been saying roll over protection can be a very useful injury prevention option in many - but not all - farm settings.

She says there is still some debate, including from quad bike manufacturers, who say the crush protection devices are unsafe, and those who say the device itself can cause injury in some circumstances.

Katie Milnes say but like WorkSafe, Federated Farmers believes there is now enough evidence from credible sources to say that farmers should at least be considering such devices.

Of all quad bike deaths about 90% are the result of asphyxiation as a result of the bike pinning the rider in a roll over incident.

WorkSafe will work with ACC to design targeted assistance for the purchase of the devices.


The Central Hawke's Bay District Council is asking those who have yet to complete the 2019 Residents' Opinion Survey to do so before the end of this week.

The annual survey helps the council find out how local services are landing with residents, understand aspects that people are happy with and identify areas for improvement.

Chief Executive Monique Davidson says customer excellence is hugely important, and the feedback received is a great temperature check for how well the council delivers its services, and how easy it is to do business with.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and is available on the Council website until Friday.