Quad bikes back on agenda

04 Jan, 2013 01:00 AM

QUAD bike safety is back in the spotlight after a seven-year-old girl who was a passenger on a quad bike died after sustaining serious head injuries in a crash in South Australia last Sunday.

On December 28, a 19-year-old man riding a quad bike died as a result of a crash with another vehicle near Gympie in Queensland, while on November 11, a 63-year-old woman in Tasmania died after an apparent fall from a quad bike.

In July last year, a 13-year-old girl died after being pinned under the quad bike she had been riding at a property south of Wollongong.

In 2011, quad bike accidents claimed the lives of an 11-year-old boy on a farm at Woorndoo in Victoria, a four-year-old boy at Bouldercombe in Queensland, an 11-year-old boy at Murwillumbah, and an 11-year-old boy at Nurmukah, Victoria.

In mid-December, federal workplace relations minister Bill Shorten said Safe Work Australia would aim to instigate a ban on kids on quad bikes.

"With around 20 per cent of deaths involving children under 16 years of age, I am tasking Safe Work Australia to work with state and territory regulators to institute a ban on children under 16 years operating a quad bike of full size in a workplace," Mr Shorten told The Land.

"Manufacturers already have explicit warnings on full size quad bikes regarding age restriction recommendations, but we want to take this one step further and formally ban the use of all quad bikes in workplaces including farms for anyone under 16 years.

"The simple message is that kids and quad bikes do not and should not mix. Regrettably it is all too often a fatal combination," he said.

Fast facts

Since 2001 more than 150 Australians have died in quad bike incidents.

Of the 23 quad bike deaths recorded in 2011, 18 occurred on farms

Quad bikes are the leading cause of injury and death on Australian farms

Nine out of 10 rollover deaths occur on a farm

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4/01/2013 8:10:13 AM

Yes and I will bet that 15 of those 18 so called farms were either hobby blocks or weekenders and of the other three, two of the accidents were not work related? Whatever the statistics, care needs to be taken when making statements as to blame and circumstance in this no care no responsibility world we seem to have evolved into. All vehicles are dangerous and as such should be treated with respect, quad bikes are outlawed on our farm as we have decided we don't need the added responsibility, however I have seen their integral part on others farms and that's their choice, as it should be.
4/01/2013 11:01:41 AM

I believe in what you are saying. The stats should say farming or hobby, weekender. what about horse accidents? They are regular.
4/01/2013 1:43:24 PM

What, 15 people a year die? Who cares! Don't worry about the branch and start worrying about the forest. What about drugs and alcahol in Australia, how many deaths a year do they cause? More than 15 I'll warrant. And 20pc of deaths under 16? 20pc of the world's population is under 16, what a stupid statistic. Don't make life harder for Australian farmers than it already is. If you ride responsibly, you wont have a roll over and die!
4/01/2013 3:08:01 PM

How many people just died on our roads this holiday season? Some of them were children & old ladies .Maybe we should ban cars or roads or re-introduce that dude with the red flag .The nannies are rather myopic in their choice of where to kiddie proof the world , some one else is always to blame not the rider evidently .
4/01/2013 6:02:24 PM

How many farmers die at their own hands each year?? More than 15, but the land doesn't keep bashing those stats do you? Why not? That’s right there is no money to be made by extra regulation and costs for farmers. That’s what this is all about and that is a big part of the reason some farmers decide it all too hard to continue. SHAME ON THE LAND for pushing this non issue when many more people are dying because of this type of interference and bias against us!! This is a beat up for money by lecherous people. How about writing a non biased story and discussing the other side for once
5/01/2013 6:26:04 PM

My country is full of rough hill,there are many spots my land cruiser just carn't get to, the quads do it easy. We must remember these machine are a tool to help us get the job done, the same as a chain saw ! if used responsibly they are a great assett, don't blame the tool, blame the iresponsible use.Education is the key.
6/01/2013 5:36:28 AM

On the 7th of October I flipped our quad about 16 ft backwards down a creek carrying out lamb mustering.I was heading into the west and didnt allow for the shadow at the top of the creek bank that was covering about 2 ft straight up.When I hit the top of the bank the bike and myself project in the air and we landed in the bottom of the creek.We have only had this bike for about 6 months and I have found it a great tool.Where I was riding it I have been riding 2 wheelers for about 40 years.I laid in the bottom of the creek for an hour before I could move.2 cracked vertibrae .bruised kidneys,li
Mrs Mac
7/01/2013 6:08:26 AM

We have had quads for probably 30 years on rough country in Qld. Yes a few spills but no serious ones and usually caused by not paying enough attention. You must have training and the rule for kids is fine but remember say on dairy and stud farms it's often the younger kids who go down and get the cows or horses on the quad so no one rule will cover it. Like all tools they are safe in the right hands and in my experience safer than a two wheeler. We muster 2000 head on them year in and year out and totally depend on them for that and the routine fence checking and weed spraying.
7/01/2013 7:40:07 AM

A lot of the problems with quad bikes are down to operators riding the bikes in a passive manner, much like they would a car/ute/etc. Quad bikes are interactive machines and should be ridden much like a moto x bike when in in rough terrain, weight distribution of the rider on the bike is king. As is remembering and allowing for the centre of gravity of the machine, doubly so when carrying loads and filled or partly filled spray tanks. You can't be lazy with these machines!
Ian Mott
7/01/2013 8:46:45 AM

How many of the stats were visiting suburbanites who thought they were experts after 5 minutes of practice? The evidence is clear that a farm is a lot less dangerous for real farmers and their kids than it is for urban daytrippers. They just don't have a clue and often go out of their way to find the stupidest route and the dumbest method.
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