News

Quad bike safety plea as nine die on Aussie farms

DISMISSING DANGER: Fatalities caused by the dangerous use of quad bikes remains above the long-term average, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.
DISMISSING DANGER: Fatalities caused by the dangerous use of quad bikes remains above the long-term average, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety. RACQ Careflight Rescue

QUAD bikes are dangerous and fatalities caused by their use remain above the long-term average, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.

So far in 2014 there has been nine deaths on quad bikes, one most recently a Brisbane man who was crushed by a quad bike on a property near Kyogle.

In 2013, there were 21 deaths, well above the current 10-year average of 13, according to the centre's director Dr Tony Lower.

According to the centre's research, quad bike accidents are the leading cause of death on Australian farms, outranking tractor rollovers by a factor of two to one.

Dr Lower added that the number of deaths was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of community impact of quad-bike related incidents.

"Not only is there a large number of deaths (in 2013), there was also a further 78 injuries which were serious enough to result in press coverage. These are often life-hanging incidents such as spinal and brain injuries," Dr Lower said.

The manager of one Lismore motorcycle shop who did not want to be named said the biggest issue with quad bikes was people getting on them without any training.

"Quad bikes aren't necessarily dangerous as long as people have had the training," the manager said.

"You're sitting on it, rather than in it - you've got a higher centre of gravity.

"It just comes down to a lack if training."

Quad bike safety tips

  • NEVER allow children under 16 years to ride adult quad bikes
  • NEVER carry passengers unless it has additional seats (two deaths this year involved passengers being thrown from the bike).
  • DO take a quad bike training course
  • ALWAYS wear a helmet and protective equipment.
  • DO NOT ride on unfamiliar terrain, rough terrain or steep slopes, especially when carrying cargo or towing.
  • DO use "active riding" techniques, including keeping the quad bike in low gear while descending slopes.
  • CONSIDER adding a crush protection device if possible or buying a quad bike with one already fitted.

Topics:  quad bikes



Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Hogan, local farmers welcome slash to backpacker tax

BACKPACKER TAX: Changes to the system would affect the workforce numbers available at Tinaberries farm in Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Kevin Hogan has welcomed the Cabinet's decision

New VC has big dreams for Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University's new vice chancellor, Adam Shoemaker, is enjoying the new role based at Lismore.

Prof Shoemaker wants to see a better work, life, study balance

Local Partners

More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction