Farmsafe’s top tips on quad bike safety

You’ve probably heard that quad bikes are dangerous, but do you know HOW dangerous?

Here are some quick stats to fill you in:

Already this year seven people, including children, have been killed as the result of quad bike accidents.

Each year, there are over 650 hospitalisations as a result of quad bike accidents. While there is no data on specific injuries, a significant proportion result in crippling disabilities.

The estimated annual cost to the national economy is $204 million per annum. This is without mentioning the emotional toll cost on family and friends of quad bike accident victims.

Since 2001 more than 230 Australians have died in quad bike-related incidents. More than half of deaths caused by quad bikes are a result of a rollover, typically crushing or asphyxiation, which OPDs prevent.

Many of these deaths have been children under the age of 18.

Even highly experienced riders risk death or serious injury through momentary lapses in judgement, unseen obstacles, or any one of the many factors that may cause the quad to roll over.

Be aware of the dangers, and take all available steps to reduce your risk of death or serious injury when riding a quad.

Install an appropriate rollover protection device (also known as ROPS, OPDs or CPDs), be trained, wear a helmet and NEVER allow children on quad bikes.

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