Vic study shows quad bike risk

29 Sep, 2013 02:00 AM

QUAD bike safety is under the spotlight again after a study by the Medical Journal of Australia in Victoria revealed patterns in numerous accidents associated with the popular farm vehicles.

Researchers from the Monash Injury Research Institute and Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety reviewed quad bike injuries, deaths, hospital admissions and emergency department presentations in Victoria over the nine years to June 2011.

There were 19 fatal incidents, with about 800 hospital admissions and an additional 800 emergency department presentations.

Professor Tony Lower, Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety director and co-author, said the review clearly identified the extent of deaths and injuries associated with quad bikes.

“We also believe that this is an under-estimate of the true numbers as the emergency department records represent only the 38 hospitals across Victoria that have emergency departments operating on a 24-hour basis,” he said.

“Over half the deaths involved on-farm use of quads, with trunk and head, neck and face injuries accounting for most cases.

“Collisions with stationary objects (42 percent) followed by rollovers (32pc) were the most common causes of death. While almost half the deaths involved individuals aged over 45 years, children also featured in 16pc of cases.”

Mr Lower said falls from quads were the most common cause of both hospital admissions and presentations to Victorian emergency departments, with fractures accounting for half of all admissions.

Children made up 20pc of admitted cases and 32pc of emergency department presentations.

The review recommended selecting the safest vehicle for the task to be undertaken, and that in the vast majority of cases that would not be a quad.

But if a quad bike was still to be used, it recommended a suitably tested crush protection device be fitted.

The study said keeping children off quads of any size, not carrying passengers, staying within load limits, training and wearing a helmet were also important preventive actions.

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Jen from the bush
30/09/2013 7:28:24 AM

Where is the percentage with alcohol involved? If a drunk adult takes a child on it and has a fatal accident, it has little to do with the bike
2/10/2013 1:20:43 AM

“Collisions with stationary objects (42 percent) followed……………….” – fair dinkum, this sounds like it is more important that they get their eyes checked, blind as bats comes to mind…… about a free plug for OPSM. So what share of the blame does the stationary object wear and, how many of these stationary objects were admitted to hospital ?
2/10/2013 10:22:49 PM

Mustering... Every time i've rolled or flipped a quad i've gone under it for the first 'roll'. Prangs on Trail bikes you tend to go one way while the bike goes the other. All them prangs do add up. I don't sit a bike to well no more.
7/10/2013 11:52:06 AM

These people are just trying to justify their jobs, jobs that no one would miss. You can spin data anyway you want. About half of all deaths didn't even occur on farms!! 42% hit a stationary object. This demonstrates that quads aren't very dangerous on farms and if you take out children, old people are running into trees or rocks presumably? Main message from this is, if you have an accident on a quad and you have to answer questions about it to a doctor or hospital, say you fell off your 2 wheel motorbike instead of a quad!!
Zero till
27/11/2013 6:43:52 PM

Riding a quad bike requires dynamic riding style standing up most of the time not sitting down. I ride dirt bikes and don't own a quad bike. The fact is most injuries occur with elderly riders who think that quad bikes are safer than 2 wheel bikes.


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