Quad bikes are a major cause of death and serious injury in rural workplaces, including farms.
This National Farm Safety Week, Safe Work Australia is raising awareness of quad bike safety. You can find national resources on the Safe Work Australia website to help manage the risks associated with quad bike use including, guidance materials, information sheets, statistics and training information.
“It is important for farmers and other workers to be aware of the risks associated with quad bike use in rural workplaces as well as their Work Health and Safety (WHS) obligations.” Safe Work Australia CEO, Michelle Baxter said.
Ms Baxter is urging anyone working with quad bikes to manage the associated WHS risks and to understand their WHS obligations.
Farmers can contact their local WHS regulator for information specific to their location, including access to training and rebates towards the purchase of protective equipment or an alternative vehicle.
More information, including tips and links to guides on quad bike safety is available on the Safe Work Australia website and will be highlighted on social media throughout National Farm Safety Week (21-26 July 2019) and in the coming months.