Quad Bike Safety Rating Supported by Minister Shorten

Reported by Zoe | 06 Jul, 2013

 Bill Shorten, the Workplace Relations Minister, has expressed his support for a proposed star based safety system for quad bikes. The system is being developed by the University of NSW and is designed to encourage competition between the different quad bike manufacturers to improve the safety of their products. Quad bikes cause more deaths on …

Comcare to take the lead in promoting quad bike safety

Reported by Haydee | 27 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Minister Bill Shorten has asked ComCare to lead in helping eliminate the risks associated with quad bike use within the Commonwealth jurisdiction. Comcare’s role will include: Requiring senior leaders of employers in the scheme to review their use of quad bikes Agreeing with employers plans to replace in the scheme to replace …

NSW: Safety Authority Announces Quad Bike Safety Strategy

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2011

Following another recent quad-bike death on a rural property in NSW, the Health Workplace Safety Authority has announced a strategy aimed at reducing quad bike accidents and injuries. The popular four wheeler has been responsible for more than 141 deaths on Australian farms since 2000. Tony Williams, from Workcover NSW, says the new approach starts with …

VIC: Surge in Farm Deaths Prompts Warning

Reported by Julia | 18 Jul, 2011

Almost half the work-related fatalities in Victoria in the last financial year occurred on rural properties. WorkSafe Victoria spokesman Michael Birt said that in 2007-08, farm deaths made up 12 per cent of workplace deaths, but this year the figure had risen to 47 per cent. Nine out of 19 workplace deaths were on farms. …

VIC: Inspections Highlight Unsafe Farm Plant and Equipment

Reported by Julia | 19 Oct, 2010

Safety issues over plant and equipment remain a major concern for the agricultural industry, WorkSafe Victoria reveals. WorkSafe inspectors have issued over 200 safety improvement notices to farm businesses from July to September as part of a year-long statewide farm safety campaign. Now in its third month, the campaign focuses on the most common causes …

VIC: WorkSafe to tackle safety on farm field days

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe will be going to western Victoria next week to conduct field days for agricultural workers. The safety watchdog will grace field days Sheepvention (2-3 August) and the Mallee Machinery field days (4-5 August) to inform the farming community of workplace safety in a neutral setting. “We set up stands at major field days to …

VIC: WorkSafe to Focus on Farms Amid Deaths

Reported by Julia | 13 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe is letting the farming sector know that the safety watchdog is undertaking a year-long crackdown on workplace safety. Seven fatalities have been recorded in farms across the state in 2010. According to executive director Cath Bowtell, WorkSafe inspectors will check on Victorian farms starting this month. Ms Bowtell said they will focus on the …

QLD: Quad Bike Death Leads to Fine

Reported by Julia | 31 May, 2010

The Cairns Industrial Magistrate Court has fined a company $60,000 when a quad bike accident caused the death of one employee. The company, which owns a cattle station in Queensland’s far north, pleaded guilty in the Cairns Industrial Magistrates Court on 6 April 2010 to failing to ensure workplace safety. The Court was told the …

WA: Labour Hire Comany Fined Over Farm Death

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a labour hire firm $30,000 following the death of an employee in a farm accident over a year ago. The Perth company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace as a labour hire provider and causing the death of a worker. The accident took place at a …

VIC: WorkSafe calls on older farmers to think of safety

Reported by Julia | 12 May, 2010

WorkSafe has stated that farmers in Victoria over 60 years old are nearly twice as likely to be killed from work-related injuries as younger farmers. In April, a 78-year-old man became the fifth farming casualty in Victoria for the year. His quad bike overturned on a steep hill at Maude, north-west of Geelong. Seven farmers …

VIC: Two Dead in Farm Accident

Reported by Julia | 16 Mar, 2010

A windmill installation gone wrong has left two people dead and two others injured at around 11.45am today in western Victoria. Early reports indicate the workers were installing a windmill on a farm near Rainbow north-west of Horsham, when it struck overhead power lines. Two of the workers were electrocuted while two suffered serious burns. …