The Victorian Farmers Federation is urging farmers to get quad bike protection now as WorkSafe inspectors ramp up on-farm safety inspections this month.
The Victorian Farmers Federation President David Jochinke said Victorian farmers have had access to quad bike rebates through the VFF for over 16 months.
If WorkSafe inspectors find the tasks and terrain performed by a quad bike are not safe, then the farm owner may be issued with an improvement notice.
The VFF administered quad bike protection rebate program has to-date provided 3059 farmers with rebates either for purchasing a safer option or to have rollover protection devices fitted to existing bikes.
Mr. Jochinke said, “Through the rebate program, we have allocated nearly $2.75million in funds to farmers in Victoria, however, we know there are many farmers out there still riding quad bikes without protection”.
“With about 20% of farm deaths occurring each year due to quad bike rollovers, we can only encourage farmers to consider any means to reduce this risk”.
“As farmers, we have to do everything we can to reduce the appalling rate of death and serious injury across our industry”.
“Assessing how we can reduce risks of quad bike related injuries is just one easy step we can all take as farmers to protect our families and workers”. The rebate program is ongoing until September 2018. To find out more and to apply for a quad-bike rebate please call 1300 882 833 or go to www.bequadsafe.com.au