AgForce is calling on the Queensland Government to establish a quad bike safety rebate program to help save lives and prevent accidents on farms.
Quad bikes are the leading cause of death on Australian farms. Figures from Safe Work Australia show 10 people were killed in quad bike incidents in Australia in 2017.
AgForce general president Grant Maudsley said the theme of this year’s National Farm Safety Week was on innovative ideas and practices to promote an improved safety culture on Australian farms.
“Quad bikes are the biggest cause of death on Australian farms with over half of those due to the bikes rolling over and crushing or asphyxiating the rider,” he said.
“Over the past 15 years, 69 people have been killed in quad bike accidents in Queensland – almost a third of the national total – and many more have been injured.
“With quad bikes an essential piece of farm equipment for many farmers, investing in quad protection is vital.
“AgForce encourages primary producers to operate quad bikes and all-terrain vehicles that are within manufacturer guidelines and fit for purpose, utilising training and using appropriate safety equipment.
“We also believe State Government rebates towards the installation of operator and crush protection devices, alternative vehicles such as side-by-sides, and helmets would go a long way towards improving quad bike safety on Queensland farms.
Mr. Maudsley said AgForce was against harsh regulatory penalties but supported incentives-based policies to help change producer behavior.
“With both the Victorian and New South Wales Governments introducing quad bike safety rebate programs in their states, it’s time a similar scheme was developed in Queensland,” Mr. Maudsley said.
Mr. Maudsley said the Victorian Government had allocated $6 million to its quad bike safety rebate scheme and called on the Queensland government to establish a similar program to prevent quad bike incident on farms.