The NSW Government has recently announced a new research project which aims to reduce the rate of farm injuries.
The NSW Government will also be working with the Federal Government to improve existing quad bike safety systems.
Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said the joint project between NSW DPI and SafeWork NSW would help understand the effectiveness of current and future measures.
“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,” said Mr. Blair.
More than 115 people died in quad bike accidents on Australian farms since 2011, with 32 in NSW.
“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.”
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the government is committed to making NSW farmers as safe as possible while using quad bikes.
“In the past three months, we have increased our rebates, scrapped training costs and launched a confronting advertising campaign as part of a $2 million program,” he said.
“I welcome any action that helps us understand attitudes toward quad bike safety on farms and look forward to working with the Commonwealth after our successful meeting with Senator Cash.”
The project will commence later this month. Quad bike users from a range of backgrounds will be interviewed. To participate in the research program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.