He said farming already has a high accident rate around livestock and machinery, and workers need to be aware of what is around them without being impaired.
“One of those things is you have to be sober and have no drugs in your system,” Lewis said.
“You could cause injury to yourself, injury to animals and injury to your workmates.
“Farmers, alongside the rest of the country take health and safety very seriously, so if this does pass we would like to see the government not make it a hard task to get rid of it out of the workplace.”
According to WorkSafe New Zealand’s data centre, 23 people died in a workplace death in the agricultural sector between July 2019 and June 2020; and over 2000 people required more than one week off work due to an injury between January 2019 and December 2019.
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