Quad bike accidents are one of the biggest hazards involved with working on a farm in Australia.
According to Safe Work Australia chief executive Rex Hoy, 11 people have already been killed on quad bikes this year so far.
“Numbers alone do not begin to convey the pain and suffering involved in these accidents,” said Mr Hoy in a July 30 statement.
“However they do indicate there is something inherently dangerous about quad bikes in agricultural use, farm riding and leisure use.”
Safe Work Australia joined together this week with the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (AgHealth) and Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) to support measures aimed at reducing quad bike deaths and injuries.
All three support fitting all quad bikes in Australia with crush protection devices (CPDs). These reduce the likelihood of serious or fatal injury occurring in the event that a quad bike rolls.
Mr Hoy says that recent AgHealth figures have revealed that quad bike accidents are the number one cause of death and injury on Australian farms, something which demonstrates the clear inadequacy of current safety standards for these vehicles.
AgHealth works with researchers to improve bike safety, while CWAA established a national policy in 2012 for all quad bikes used in Australia to be fitted with a CPD.
“These organisations frequently witness hands-on the detrimental impact a death or serious injury has, not only on the farmer’s family, but on the whole community,” said Mr Hoy, who commended their efforts to improve quad bike safety.
“It is time manufacturers took action and listened to Australian research and the community.”
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