ANY change that’s likely to reduce quad bike related deaths and injuries on-farm is a positive step for agriculture, according to the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership.
It follows the announcement from WorkSafe Victoria that roll-over protection devices must be fitted on all quad bikes in that State.
PIHSP advisory chair Gordon Gregory said with on-farm death tolls continuing to devastate farming communities around the country, the new mandatory requirement was a welcome change.
“Quad bikes are the leading cause of on-farm fatalities, accounting for 15 on-farm deaths in 2015. The industry can not continue to do nothing about this,” he said.
“WorkSafe Victoria is to be congratulated on starting the ball rolling on this highly important area of on-farm safety and we would hope the rest of the States also take action to address the risks to riders from quad bikes.”
Mr Gregory offered these additional tips on the safe operation of quad bikes:
- always wear a helmet
- keep children younger than 16-years-old off quad bikes
- make sensible choices about terrain and environmental conditions
- make sensible choices based on rider’s ability and your machine
- farmers are urged to attend training courses (click here to see a PIHSP video on this subject).
The goal of the Partnership is to improve the health and safety of workers and their families in farming industries across Australia. It is funded by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Meat & Livestock Australia and the Cotton, Grains and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporations. For more information about the partnership, visit www.rirdc.gov.au/PIHSP
To reduce rollover of Quads let air out of all tyres with stem down jack up Quad insert 200 mm of soluble oil into tyre let jack down then fill with water from garden hose til tyre comes up this will but extra 60 kgs BELOW the centre of gravity and at the edge of the machine
Every one used to have suzi ute – don’t remember deaths from them. Although they are still imported into to NZ, for some reason Au stopped getting them so everyone had no choice but to go 4 wheeler.
With suzukis at least drunk/juvenile drivers are inside a cab and kids of drunk drivers may also be inside a cab.