The number of people who have died in quad bike incidents is nearing the total for 2016.
This is according to a data released by Safe Work Australia. Of the nine quad bike fatalities that happened this year, more than half involved rollovers and two were children aged 2 and below.
“One of the most effective ways to prevent quad bike injuries and deaths is to critically assess if a quad bike is the right vehicle for the job,” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Michelle Baxter.
“Side-by-side vehicles may be more suitable in rural workplaces where the operator stays seated and generally has rollover protection structures and restraints like seatbelts.”
There were 10 quad bike fatalities in 2016. Fifty percent of these deaths were related to rollovers, and thirty percent were work-related.
Next week is Farm Safety Week and Safe Work Australia is reminding farmers and farm workers to ensure safety in farms. Work health and safety regulators in New South Wales and Victoria are currently running programs to improve quad bike safety, including rebates for quad bike training and buying alternative vehicles.
Farm Safety Week from 17 to 21 July 2017 is a nationwide event to raise awareness of farm safety issues and highlighting practical steps farmers can do to improve work health and safety on farms.