Norway

Four out of ten Norwegian farmers drop the seat belt in the tractor

43 percent of Norwegian farmers say they drop safety belts when driving outside public roads. Only 17 percent say they always use a belt while driving tractor. These figures are released in a survey conducted by Sentio for the Labor Inspection.

The most common reasons for dropping the belt are that it is not considered necessary, bad habits or short distances, the Authority reports in a press release.

Seat belt driving avoids fatal accidents. More tractor accidents are recorded where the driver is thrown out of the cabin and gets the tractor over. This could be avoided if the driver buckle up the safety belt. Using seat belts is an important and easy way to prevent serious accidents. Here’s a change of attitude, “says Trude Vollheim, Director of Labor Inspection.

More than half of fatal accidents and other serious accidents in agriculture occur in connection with the use of tractors and equipment mounted on tractors.

All tractors must have seat belts installed, and Vollheim encourages people to use it.

– The use of seat belts can make a difference between life and death.

(© NTB)

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