NSW government launches project to reduce quad bike injuries

Date: Jun 29, 2017

The NSW government has announced a new research project aimed at lowering the number of serious injuries on farms by taking a closer look at the dangers that quad bikes pose.

SafeWork NSW revealed that the state government will be working closely with the Commonwealth to strengthen quad bike safety systems, with the vehicles responsible for 32 deaths on farms in NSW since 2011.

In fact, there have been 115 people have died as a result of quad bike accident in Australia over the last six years. People who hurt themselves while riding these vehicles may be eligible to make public liability claims for their injuries if negligence was a factor in the incident.

Commitment to quad bike safety

Niall Blair, minister for primary industries in NSW, said the research was a joint project between NSW Department of Primary Industries and SafeWork NSW.

“We’re committed to doing everything we can to reduce injuries on farms and make sure landholders are fully equipped with both the knowledge and tools they need to operate quad bikes safely,” he explained.

“I would encourage any quad bike users to take part in this opportunity, which will help us understand how we can ensure injury rates drop as close to zero as possible.”

According to Safe Work Australia, 10 people died in quad bike accidents last year, half of whom were killed when the vehicle rolled over. Approximately half of people who die from quad bike injuries are employees of the farm on which they work.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the state government has launched several initiatives in an effort to reduce quad bike accidents. These have included scrapping training costs and releasing an advertisement campaign.

“I welcome any action that helps us understand attitudes toward quad bike safety on farms,” he explained.

Quad bike accident leaves woman paralysed

In April, a woman was airlifted to Sydney Hospital after her quad bike flipped over and landed on top of her while she was trying to climb a channel bank.

Earlier this month, the Fairfax Media reported that the accident has since left the woman, Rebecca Collie, a paraplegic. The incident left her with a severed spinal column, which means she is paralysed from the waist down.

“It has been tough for her to deal with, she is such an active person,” said her sister Sarah Kisela. “This has knocked her character and her encouragement.”

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