Golf course worker rolls machine – no seat belt.

A worker rolled a front end loader and was not wearing a seat belt. He was lucky and was not seriously injured. Worksafe is investigating. In response, epar has developed a SWP (Safe Work Procedure) for the operation of a Front End Loader and we will be sending it out to all of our clients next week. If you would like the SWP urgently, just email and we will send it to you.

Some common myths about wearing seat belts include:

Myth: It’s safer to jump free of a crash than be restricted by wearing a seat belt.

Fact: You have a 50% better chance of surviving a potentially fatal crash if wearing a seat belt.

Myth: I can hold on to the steering wheel in a crash.

Fact: The forces involved in a crash are massive and only a seat belt is strong enough to hold you in your seat.

Myth: I’d rather be thrown clear in a crash.

Fact: Being thrown safely clear in a crash is almost impossible. The idea of being thrown from a vehicle and gently landing in a grassy area is pure fantasy. Your best bet in a crash is to stay inside the vehicle, securely held by your seat belt.