Newly developed helmets could potentially reduce quad bike injuries and deaths

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A new kind of helmet designed for farm workers could potentially reduce quad bike deaths and injuries, an expert says.

The helmets, developed in New Zealand and designed based on firefighting equipment weighs over a kilogram and include air vents and better sun protection than other quad bike helmets.

Farmsafe Queensland executive director Jamie Cupples said he hopes the local authorities would approve the helmets for use in public places. The helmets meet New Zealand standards.

“They’ve been widely used over there on quad bikes, I believe there’s some five or six thousand of them out and about in the community over there now,” he told ABC.

“It’s something that we’re trying to get Transport to look at to see if they’ll endorse that for quad bike use here in Queensland.”

Safe Work Australia recently released a data showing that the number of quad bike deaths for this year is nearing the total for 2016 (read SafetyCulture report).

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