Fonterra’s had to stand down all its truck drivers above a certain weight.
The company learned from an inquiry that its truck seats are only safe for people who weigh less than 150 kilograms.
Fonterra transport director Barry McColl said they’ve had to re-assign all their drivers to other positions in the company until they lose the weight.
McColl said about 50 drivers were in the “150kg-plus range”
Truck seatbelts are mounted to the seat instead of the vehicle frame, as they are in cars, which increased the possibility they could detach in the event of an accident.