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Summary of quad bike fatalities (2011–2018)

  • More than one third (38%) of quad bike fatalities occurred on terrain where an incline was noted by investigators (49 out of 128 fatalities)
  • Over half (55%) of quad bike fatalities occurred on uneven ground
  • Over half (60%) of quad bike fatalities involved rollovers (77), with 51 non-rollovers (collision/thrown from the quad/other)
  • A potential weight imbalance (e.g. through carrying spray tanks, cargo, passengers, towing heavy trailers) was noted for over one third (36%) of quad bike fatalities (46 fatalities)
  • In 10% (13) of quad bike fatalities the rider was wearing a helmet, 58% (73) were not wearing a helmet and in 33% of fatalities it was unknown if a helmet had been worn or not
  • 49% (63) of the quad bike fatalities occurred while the deceased was riding while not working, 49% (62) occurred when deceased was working
  • Over three-quarters 84% (108) of the quad bike fatalities were males. Of the 20 females who have died, over half (55%) rode an imbalanced quad bike
  • Children under the age of 16 were involved in 14% (18) of the fatal incidents
  • None of the 128 fatalities mentioned any form of rollover protection on the vehicle

Note: Information compiled by Safe Work Australia.
Analysis includes all known quad bike fatalities where the date of death occurred between 2011 and 2018.

2019 quad bike fatalities

As at 9 October, there have been 10 quad bike fatalities in 2019.

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
60 Male QLD Rollover Working - Uneven surface Grass Container attached to vehicle
35 Male TAS Rollover Non-working Yes Incline Dirt Passenger(s) on vehicle
49 Male VIC Rollover Non-working No - Dirt -
7 Male WA Rollover Non-working - Incline - -
9 Male TAS Rollover Non-working Yes - - -
51 Male WA Rollover Working No - Gravel -
10 Male NSW Rollover Non-working - Incline Grass -
60 Male NSW Accident - - - - -
57 Male NSW Rollover - - - - -
3 Male VIC - Non-working - - - -

The 2019 quad bike fatalities listed are preliminary figures based on available information (such as media reports) and details are updated when further information becomes available.

2018 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
17 Male WA Rollover Working - - Dirt -
20 Male QLD Rollover Working - - Road -
27 Male NSW Collision Non-working - - - -
31 Female NSW Rollover Non-working - Incline Dirt Passenger on vehicle
31 Male QLD Rollover after collision Non-working - - Road -
35 Male QLD Accident Working - - Dirt -
44 Male NSW Rollover Non-working - - - -
50 Male QLD Collision with parked trailer Working - - Dirt -
69 Male NT Rollover Non-working - - Road -
75 Male QLD Flipped and rolled Working No Incline Dirt Container attached to vehicle
82 Male VIC Accident Non-working - Incline Dirt -

2017 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
6 Female NSW Collision Non-working - - Dirt Passenger(s) on vehicle
7 Male NSW Rollover Non-working Yes - - -
8 Male NSW Rollover Non-working - - - -
37 Male SA Rollover Working - - - -
38 Male Vic Rollover Working - Incline - Trailer attached to vehicle
41 Male QLD Collision Non-working No Incline Dirt -
60 Male NSW Rollover Working - - Gravel -
60 Male NSW - Working - - - -
66 Male QLD - Working - - - -
69 Male Vic Rollover Working - - Dirt -
74 Male NSW Rollover Non-working - Incline - -

2016 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
16 Male VIC Collision Non-working No - Gravel Passenger(s) on vehicle
18 Male QLD Rollover Non-working No Ditch - -
53 Male NSW Rollover Non-working - - Dirt -
53 Female QLD Rollover Working - Incline Dirt Container attached to vehicle
53 Male VIC Collision Non-working No - Dirt -
54 Male NSW Rollover Working - - - -
62 Male QLD Rollover Non-working No Incline - -
65 Male QLD Rollover Working No Incline - -
69 Male VIC Rollover Working - Incline Mud -
88 Male QLD Rollover Non-working No Incline - Container attached to vehicle

2015 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
6 Male WA Rollover Non-working Yes - Sand -
7 Male NSW Rollover Non-working No Uneven surface - -
15 Male NSW Rollover Non-working No Incline Gravel -
21 Male TAS Rollover Non-working No - Road -
29 Male TAS Rollover Non-working No - Road -
33 Male WA Collision Non-working Yes - Dirt -
49 Male VIC Collision Non-working No - Sand -
49 Male WA Other Working No - Mud -
51 Male NSW Collision Working - Ditch - -
53 Female NT Rollover Non-working No - Road Vehicle being towed
57 Male QLD Collision Working - Incline - -
59 Male QLD Collision Working No Ditch - -
67 Male VIC Rollover Working No Incline - Container attached to vehicle
67 Male WA Collision Working No Uneven surface - Container attached to vehicle
68 Male VIC Rollover Working - Incline Grass Container attached to vehicle
69 Male NSW Rollover Non-working - - Road -
75 Male TAS Rollover Non-working No Incline Gravel -
75 Male VIC Collision Working - - - -
78 Male QLD Rollover Working No Incline - Container attached to vehicle
81 Male VIC Collision Working No Incline Grass Seated sideways
85 Male VIC Collision Working - - Mud -

2014 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
9 Male QLD Rollover Non-working (bystander) Yes Incline Dirt Passenger(s) on vehicle
12 Male QLD Rollover Non-working Yes Incline Dirt -
12 Male VIC Rollover Working No - - Container attached to vehicle
23 Male NSW Collision Non-working No Incline Dirt -
25 Male NSW Collision - - - Gravel -
26 Male QLD Rollover Working No - Dirt -
27 Male VIC Collision Working - - Road -
40 Male QLD Rollover Non-working No Incline Dirt Passenger(s) on vehicle
49 Male NSW Rollover Working No - Grass -
53 Male QLD Rollover Non-working No Uneven surface - -
54 Male VIC Rollover Non-working - - - -
59 Female VIC Rollover Working - Incline Dirt -
64 Female TAS Collision Working No - Road Trailer attached to vehicle
67 Male NSW Other Working No - - -
69 Male NSW Rollover Non-working No - - -

2013 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
5 Male NSW Rollover Working (bystander) No Ditch - Passenger(s) on vehicle
11 Female QLD Rollover Non-working No Incline Dirt -
16 Male NSW Collision Non-working - - Road -
21 Female QLD Collision Working No - - -
21 Male QLD Other Non-working No Ditch - Container attached to vehicle
23 Male TAS Other Non-working No Incline - Passenger(s) on vehicle
25 Male NSW Collision Non-working - - - Passenger(s) on vehicle
26 Male QLD Collision Non-working No - - -
27 Male NSW Rollover Working No Uneven surface - -
28 Female QLD Other Non-working No - Dirt -
35 Male QLD Collision Non-working - - Road -
35 Female QLD - Non-working - - - -
38 Male VIC Other Non-working No - Road -
43 Male QLD Collision Working Yes - Dirt -
45 Male NSW Rollover Working No Incline - Object mounted on vehicle
53 Male QLD Rollover Working No - - -
59 Male WA Rollover Non-working - - Dirt -
60 Female WA Rollover Working No Incline Dirt -
60 Male NSW Rollover Working No Incline - -
66 Male VIC Rollover Working No - Dirt -
70 Male QLD Other Working No - - -
86 Male QLD Rollover Working No - Dirt -

2012 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
4 Female QLD Rollover Non-working No - Grass Passenger(s) on vehicle
7 Female SA Other Non-working No Incline Sand Passenger(s) on vehicle
11 Male QLD Rollover Non-working Yes - Gravel -
13 Female NSW Rollover Non-working No Incline Gravel Passenger(s) on vehicle
18 Female QLD Collision Non-working Yes - Sand -
18 Female WA Collision Non-working No Incline Sand Passenger(s) on vehicle
19 Male QLD Collision Non-working Yes Incline Gravel -
42 Female QLD Rollover Working No Incline - -
47 Male TAS Rollover Non-working Yes Incline Dirt track Passenger(s) on vehicle
51 Male QLD Collision Working No - Gravel -
54 Male NSW Other Working - Incline - -
56 Male WA Rollover Non-working No - Gravel/rocky -
58 Male VIC Rollover Non-working No - Gravel/rocky Trailer attached to vehicle
63 Female TAS Collision Working No Incline Gravel -
67 Male VIC Rollover Working - Incline - Container attached to vehicle
73 Male VIC Collision Non-working No - - -
76 Male QLD Collision Non-working - - Grass -
78 Male NSW Rollover Working No Incline Gravel/rocky -

2011 quad bike fatalities

Age Sex State Type of incident Activity Helmet worn1 Terrain Reported ground surface1 Possible weight imbalance2
4 Male QLD Rollover Non-working Yes - - -
11 Male VIC Rollover Non-working Yes - - -
11 Male VIC Rollover Working No - Dirt -
22 Male VIC Collision Non-working No Incline Sand -
34 Female NSW Rollover Working No Incline - Container attached to vehicle
39 Male VIC Collision Non-working Yes - Gravel -
42 Male ACT Collision Non-working No - Dirt Passenger(s) on vehicle
55 Male VIC Rollover Working No Incline - Container attached to vehicle
57 Male NSW Rollover Working - Incline Gravel -
57 Female TAS Rollover Working - Ditch - -
62 Male QLD Collision Working - - Dirt -
65 Male NSW Other Working No Incline Gravel -
66 Male NSW Rollover Non-working No Incline Gravel -
67 Male NT Collision Working No Ditch - -
68 Male NSW Rollover Non-working - Incline - Container attached to vehicle
70 Male TAS Collision Non-working No Incline Dirt Passenger(s) on vehicle
78 Male SA Other Working - Incline Gravel Passenger(s) on vehicle
79 Male NSW Rollover Working - Incline - Container attached to vehicle
84 Male SA Rollover Non-working - Incline - -
94 Male VIC Rollover Working No Ditch - -

1 Helmet and ground surface information is based on information provided police and or coroners reports.

2 Safe Work Australia has designated a potential weight imbalance when the following factors are mentioned in coroners and police reports: more than one rider on bike, towing trailer, supplementary weight on bike (e.g. drums containing liquid chemicals). This is Safe Work Australia’s judgment only and does not necessarily represent any verdict handed down by a coroner.

3 Case status as listed on the National Coronial Information System as at 7 June 2013. Closed cases will not be updated.

Summary of quad bike fatalities (2001–2010)

  • Almost one-third (29%) of quad bike fatalities occurred on terrain where an incline was noted by investigators (36 out of 125 fatalities)
  • Almost half (44%) of quad bike fatalities occurred on uneven ground
  • Just under half (47%) of quad bike fatalities involved a primary rollover (59), with 63 non-rollovers (collisions/thrown from quad) and three cases undefined)
  • A potential weight imbalance (e.g. through carrying spray tanks, cargo, passengers, towing heavy trailers,) was noted for one-third (44) of the quad bike fatalities
  • In 15% (19) of quad bike fatalities the rider was wearing a helmet, 46% were not wearing a helmet and in 39% of fatalities it was unknown if a helmet had been worn or not
  • 50% of the quad bike fatalities occurred while the deceased was riding Non-workingly, 46% occurred while the deceased was working and the remainder were undefined
  • A total of 82% (102) of the quad bike fatalities were males. Of the 23 females who have died, 8 were passengers on the quad bike
  • Children under the age of 16 were involved in 19% (24) of the fatal incidents
  • None of the 125 fatalities mentioned any form of rollover protection on the vehicle

Note: Information provided by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health & Safety.
Analysis includes all known Quad bike fatalities where the date of death occurred between 2001 and 2010.

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Last modified on Thursday 17 October 2019 [6716|92693]