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Health & Safety / July 25, 2019

Light vehicle safety on orchards

Vehicles on orchards remain a critical risk that need to be actively managed. As part of Zespri’s Enforceable Undertaking (which is a commitment to promote health and safety and was agreed with Worksafe New Zealand in October 2017 following a tragic quad bike fatality), a research project was commissioned to investigate light vehicle safety on orchards.

The research was led by Mackie Research and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the report provides insights into the suitability of a variety of types of vehicles for the typical activities on an orchard.

Today, with an even greater focus on health and safety, there’s a need to be more proactive about managing risks and objectively assess the suitability of various vehicles for different tasks and contexts.

Please click here to view the research document.