On 1 March 2016, WorkSafe Victoria announced a revised approach to quad bike use in order to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries in Victorian workplaces.
WorkSafe Victoria now accepts operator protection devices (OPD) fitted to a quad bike as part of the solution to controlling the risk to operators in the event of a rollover. This means that if an employer wants to use a quad bike in the workplace – and there is a risk of rollover – WorkSafe Victoria will require a suitably designed and tested OPD to be fitted.
What does this mean?
If the duty holder under the law (usually the employer) has determined that there is a risk of the quad bike rolling over, they are obliged to eliminate the risk if they can (for example by stopping the task or using a different type of vehicle). If the risk cannot be eliminated, then the employer must control the risk, so far as is reasonably practicable.
WorkSafe Victoria considers that rollover protection is a reasonably practicable risk control measure. Enforcement of this requirement is expected to begin in mid-2017.
Further information can be found on the WorkSafe Victoria website.