NZ quad bike incidents prompt warning

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Recent vehicle rollover incidents in New Zealand prompted Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace to remind Queenslanders to heed quad bike safety warnings.

“I’d like to offer my condolences to the families of those involved in these terrible quad bike incidents. Sadly, they are a tragic reminder to all of us that quad bikes can be deadly when used incorrectly,” said Ms. Grace.

Quad bike rollovers are the major cause of critical injuries in rural workplaces, and unfortunately we have seen similar tragedies here in Queensland.

“Just last month, a 60-year-old Central Queensland man was killed when his quad bike overturned while he was working on a slope on his farm.

“We have also just seen a landmark personal injury claim in this state, where an employer was ordered to pay $400,000 to a worker after he broke his leg trying to prevent a quad bike from rolling over.”

She urged everyone to be careful when using quad bikes.

“Keep in mind, where the land is hilly or sloping, and if speed is also a factor, the risk of a rollover is increased,” said Ms. Grace.

“People need to select the right vehicles to do the job safely and be trained and competent to operate them.

“Road-compliant helmets offer the highest level of head protection and should be worn at all times.”

About a third of quad bike fatalities occur in Queensland, with around 11 percent of incidents involving children below 16 years of age.

In 2018, there were five quad bike deaths in Queensland, and in Australia since 2011, there have been 104 fatalities.

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