National MP told off over 'd***heads' comments
National MP Chester Borrows is getting his mouth washed out with soap by Labour's Iain Lees-Galloway.
Whanganui MP Borrows told his local paper that "d***head bureaucrats" had adopted an unbending stance to enforcing health and safety rules, which had led to growing concern about the regulations.
A farmer had been issued an infringement notice because five quad bikes helmets had each been hanging on a wall behind a bike, not on the bikes themselves.
Borrows described health and safety inspectors as enforcing sometimes "bull**** rules", at a Parliamentary select committee last week, the Wanganui Chronicle reported.
His comments have incited the wrath of Labour's spokesman for workplace relations.
Lees-Galloway said WorkSafe New Zealand staff trying to save lives on farms shouldn't be subject to abuse from a Member of Parliament.
Twenty people were killed on farms last year and work-related quad bike accidents alone killed an average of five people and injured another 850 on farms every year.
"Chester Borrows attended many farm accidents as a police officer before becoming an MP and says he is aware of the risks," Lees-Galloway said.
"However in the same breath he says there's too much 'bull****' around rules to reduce these incidents."
Borrows should meet with WorkSafe to discuss constructive suggestions, Lees-Galloway said.
"Encouraging people to 'kick the s***' out of the issue helps no one and is unbecoming of someone whose job is also to make New Zealand safer," he said.