Reducing quad bike risks for farm kids
A UNITED States study published in the medical journal Pediatrics has revealed tougher quad bikes laws can result in significant reductions in child hospital admissions and emergency department visits.
The study looked at the impact of “Sean’s Law”, introduced in 2010 in the state of Massachusetts, which restricted the use of quad bikes by children less than 14 years and put other steps in place for those aged 14–18 years.
“This study provides strong support for Australian efforts to minimise deaths and injuries to children,” said Dr Tony Lower from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.
“Farm kids are even more highly exposed, with 75% of all child quad-related deaths in Australia occurring on farms, with the majority of these being kids that reside on properties.
“Of course we want to develop in our kids a love of the land and all things agricultural, so put them on a two-wheeler, make sure it’s the right size for them, that they have a helmet and other protective gear and are trained and supervised.
“Yes they may still have an incident, but the chances of serious injury or worse are far less, as two-wheelers don’t crush or asphyxiate riders when they roll.”
A range of materials to assist those who work and live on farms is available from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety website at http://sydney.edu.au/ medicine/aghealth.
Alternatively, phone 02 6882 1486 for information.