QuadWatch

 

QuadWatch is an Australian Government initiative to bring together industry, manufacturers, quad bike users, community organisations, and government to raise awareness of quad bike safety.

The QuadWatch webpage provides links to quad bike safety data and information, guidance material, other useful webpages and information, and contact details for the relevant work health and safety regulators

More information can be found in the QuadWatch - Frequently Asked Questions.


Quad bike fatalities

Since 1 January 2015, there have been 22 quad bike fatalities: five in Victoria, four each in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales, three in Tasmania, and one in the Northern Territory.

There were 15 quad bike fatalities in 2014, 21 in 2013, 19 in 2012 and 20 in 2011.

Quad bike fatalities table

Quad bike fatalities summaries


Latest news

26 November 2015 - NSW Coroner’s findings –Inquest into nine deaths caused by Quad Bike accidents

An inquest into nine quad bike related deaths in NSW was held by the Deputy State Coroner, Sharon Freund. The State Coroner’s Court of NSW released the findings of the inquest on 26 November 2015.

The Deputy State Coroner made recommendations in the areas of a quad bike safety rating system, Australian Standards for quad bikes, training and licensing, helmet use and standards, crush protection devices, seatbelts use for side-by side vehicles, personal locator beacons, children and quad bikes, advertising and educational campaigns and police investigations.

View the State Coroner of NSW Quad Bike Deaths Inquest Findings (pdf file).

26 November 2015 - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons - NSW Coroner adds weight to quad bike recommendations

Following the NSW Sate Coroner’s Court release of its Coronial Inquest findings into nine quad bike deaths the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons published a media release calling on the NSW Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by the NSW Inquest especially in regard to strategies to prohibit children under the age of 16 from riding adult quad bikes, providing incentives for quad bike safety training and supporting a quad bike safety rating system.

View the Media release -NSW Coroner adds weight to quad bike recommendations

27 November 2015 - Farmers call for Quad Bike Safety Star Rating

Following the NSW Sate Coroner’s Court release of its Coronial Inquest findings into nine quad bike deaths the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) published a media release calling for the urgent introduction of a new safety star rating system for quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles.

View the Media release - Farmers call for Quad Bike Safety Star Rating

August 2015 - QLD Coroner’s findings –Inquest into nine deaths caused by Quad Bike accidents

An inquest into quad bike related deaths in Queensland was held by the Deputy State Coroner, John Lock. The QLD Coroner’s Court released the findings of the inquest on 3 August 2015.

The Coroner stated ‘the evidence gathered during this multiple inquest raises many issues about the safety of quad bikes, including the importance of active riding; good mechanical maintenance; use of correct tyre pressure; use of helmets; disallowing children to ride adult sized quad bikes; understanding the limitations of the vehicle; and that tragic incidents can occur in quite benign conditions’.

View the Office of the State Coroner Findings of the Inquest (PDF file).

August 2015 - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Media Release: Surgeons call for action on child quad bike deaths

Monday 3 August 2015

In this media release the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons calls on the Queensland Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by the QLD coronial inquest into quad bike deaths.

View the Royal Australian college of surgeons - media release (PDF file).

August 2015 - WorkCover NSW Media Release: Research to pave the way to reduce quad bike deaths

Monday 3 August 2015

In this media release WorkCover NSW reports that the University of NSW Transport and Road Safety Unit has released the results of a world-first testing and research project into quad bike safety. WorkCover NSW funded the $1.3 million Quad Bike Performance Project designed to quantify the stability and crash worthiness of quad bikes and assess their risks and performance.

View the Research to pave the way to reduce quad bike deaths - media release.

August 2015 - The University of NSW Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Unit Quad Bike Performance Project

Monday 3 August 2015

On 3 August 2015 The University of NSW Transport and Road Safety Unit (UNSW TARS) released results of their Quad Bike Performance Project. As a strategy to reduce injuries and fatalities from quad-bike use on farms, the Quad Bike Performance Project conducted by researchers from UNSW TARS aims to develop a consumer safety rating system for quad bikes. This strategy is part of a Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) attempt to reduce the high toll of fatal and serious injuries associated with the use of quad bikes in the farming environment. UNSW TARS state the results of this project will enable the development of a quad-bike safety rating system for stability, handling, and crashworthiness.

The five major project reports are available on the University of NSW - Transport and Road Safety website.


2014 News

September 2014 - QLD Coroner’s Inquest into Quad Bike related death

An inquest into quad bike related deaths in Queensland is being undertaken by the Deputy State Coroner, John Lock. The inquest commenced in May 2014, was adjourned and recommenced on 19 September 2014.

The Coroner’s Phase 1 findings (findings for individual deaths) were delivered on 26 September.

Phase 2 findings (consideration of recommendations) are scheduled for hearing on 19 November 2014 and may include any recommendations that can be made to reduce the likelihood of quad bike related deaths occurring in similar circumstances.

Further information on Queensland Coroner inquests is available on the Queensland Courts website. Details of inquest sittings are available at Queensland Coronial Inquests.

26 August 2014 - News report

The ABC’s 7:30 Report produced a story on quad bike fatalities on Australian farms and attitudes towards proposed quad bike safety reforms. A transcript of the story is available on ABC 7.30 Report.

15 August 2014 - The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne - Farm Injury Forum

Two presentations examining issues of quads and children were prepared by Sydney University Associate Professor Tony Lower for the Royal Children’s Hospital Farm Injury Forum held on 15 August 2014. These are Farms and Kids Safety - What are the issues? and Farms, Quads & Kids (2001-2014).

24 July 2014 - Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) - ATV Safety on farms

In Farm Safety Week, the FCAI reminded Australians that known safety practices and training helps keep quad bike users safe when using their vehicles. The FCAI news article is at FCAI Safety on Farms.

August 2014 - Quad bike research – Centre for Automotive Safety Research University of Adelaide

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CSAR) of the University of Adelaide is currently undertaking research on quad bike use, crash characteristics and associated injury risks.

CSAR is seeking participants to take part in their study on the use of quad bikes in South Australia and the circumstances surrounding quad bike incidents. The study is seeking to understand the causes of quad bike incidents with the purpose of developing ways to reduce these and minimise the severity of injuries.

Further information including a link to participant information is available at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research website.

11 July 2014 - The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

On their website the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) provides links to media coverage of their advocacy for quad bike safety, as presented in their position paper on trauma prevention RACS Position paper Trauma Prevention.

The RACS website also provides links to previous media coverage at media coverage 2013.

10 June 2014 - Farmsafe National Farm Health and Safety Conference – 15-16 October 2014 – Quad bike sessions

The Tenth National Farm Health and Safety Conference will be held in Launceston on 15-16 October 2014. The program at Brochure and program Farmsafe Conference lists sessions and content. The morning session on Thursday 16 October is about quad bike safety issues.

16 April 2014 - Quad bike national safety campaign – NSW Fair Trading and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

NSW Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres welcomed the launch of a national safety campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of quad bikes. In this campaign NSW Fair Trading will work closely with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other State and Territory consumer protection authorities to address this issue.

Links to information on the campaign are at:
NSW Fair Trading - Quad bike national safety campaign and ACCC - Quad bike national safety campaign

The ACCC also launched a video Would You Risk It? The video highlights the life-threatening dangers of unsafe quad bike practices. The video is available at Quad bikes: Prepare safe, wear safe, ride safe.

Coronial inquest findings

QLD Deputy Coroner’s Inquest into nine deaths caused by Quad Bike accidents

An inquest into quad bike related deaths in Queensland was held by the Deputy State Coroner, John Lock. The QLD Coroner’s Court released the findings of the inquest on 3 August 2015.

The Coroner stated ‘the evidence gathered during this multiple inquest raises many issues about the safety of quad bikes, including the importance of active riding; good mechanical maintenance; use of correct tyre pressure; use of helmets; disallowing children to ride adult sized quad bikes; understanding the limitations of the vehicle; and that tragic incidents can occur in quite benign conditions’.

View the Office of the State Coroner Findings of the Inquest (PDF file).

New Zealand Inquest into quad bike fatalities

In 2013 New Zealand Coroner Brandt Shortland released his findings into five quad bike related fatalities. As part of his findings and recommendations, Coroner Shortland held a two day hearing with experts, industry leaders, motor industry executives, academics, professional educators and government regulators in April this year.

The Coroner's findings for each case are below:


Research reports and studies

NSW Government research

In August 2015 the University of NSW Transport and Road Safety Unit (UNSW TARS) released results of the NSW Government funded Quad Bike Performance Project. As a strategy to reduce injuries and fatalities from quad-bike use on farms, the Quad Bike Performance Project conducted by researchers from UNSW TARS aims to develop a consumer safety rating system for quad bikes.

The five major project reports are available on the University of NSW - Transport and Road Safety website.


Useful links

Information on quad bike safety published by work health and safety authorities

Related sites for additional quad bike information


Quad bike stewardship program

The Product Stewardship Program provides all users of quad bikes with an opportunity to confidentially report safety incidents or near-misses. Any information provided will assist to prevent the incidents in the first place or to reduce the risk of injury.

National reporting of incidents will contribute more data on quad bike safety incidents, near misses, serious injuries and fatalities. A summary of the data will be published on the QuadWatch website annually in addition to the published data based on fatalities reported to state and territory coroners. Personal information will be protected.


More information

For more information or to contribute to QuadWatch contact Safe Work Australia:

Email: info@swa.gov.au

Phone: 1300 551 832

You can also subscribe to receive the latest news and updates on QuadWatch


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Questions should be emailed to info@swa.gov.au.

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