Your choice of farm vehicle has a direct impact on your safety. Choose the wrong one for the task, and you could find yourself in strife.
Quad bikes are popular farm vehicles, but since 2001, more than 220 people have died while riding quad bikes in Australia. That’s 220 too many.
To stay safe while riding quad bikes always consider these eight simple rules:
- Choose the right vehicle for the task
- Consider fitting operator protective devices
- Do a safe-riding course
- Always wear a helmet
- Only use suitable attachments
- Don’t carry passengers
- Don’t let kids under 16 ride adult-sized quad bikes
- Talk to others on your farm about how to stay safe while using farm vehicles.
Graham is a farmer from Orange, NSW. Graham knows all too well how handy quad bikes are, but he also knows how dangerous they can be. He suffered serious injuries and could have easily lost his life, following a recent quad bike accident. This is Graham's story.
Alicia is a third generation farmer from Adelong, NSW. Alicia and her family know all too well that tragic incidents can happen on farms. Alicia tells the story of the day her brother Lachlan died in a quad bike accident on their family farm. This is Alicia's story.
Believe it or not, but horses are considered farm vehicles.
One worker is hospitalised every day in Australia due to a horse-related injury. Between 2000 and 2012, 98 people died in horse-related incidents.
To stay safe working with horses:
- Provide a safe environment
- Choose the right horse for the job and rider capability
- Prepare the horse
- Assess the rider
- Develop safe procedures
- Make sure supervisors are competent and instructors are qualified
- Use safety gear.
- The SafeWork NSW quad bike webpage has some useful information about quad bike safety including a useful farm vehicle selection guide.
- The Victorian WorkCover Authority has developed the Quad bikes on farms handbook, to help keep you and your workers safe when operating quad bikes.
- Learn more about staying safe while using quad bikes.
- SafeWork NSW has a web page on horse-related injuries and how to avoid them