Safety Tools to Reduce Quad Bike Injuries
Source: Safe to Work
By Margaret Tra
After growing concerns over quad bikes safety, Australasia's work heath
and safety regulators have introduced new guidelines tools to assist
farmers in reducing injuries.
The new tools include a brochure, poster, pre-purchase checklist and
industry strategy found on Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA)
The 30,000 copies have been distributed to quad bike and farm machinery
dealers throughout Australia, in addition to agricultural industry
There have been more than 140 quad bike deaths on Australian farms since
Acting chair of HWSA Peter Dunphy has stated the products were amongst a
package of measures to be implemented in the coming months.
"Quad bikes are important and popular piece of farm equipment, but they
present serious safety risk in the event of an incident," said Dunphy.
"The checklist will also help farmers choose the safest vehicle for their
terrain and jobs on their farm," he said.
In Australia 15
people have died, and in New Zealand
four people from quad bike incidents.