AgForce and Po­laris team up for quad safety

Central and North Rural Weekly - - RAIL RESEARCH -

AGFORCE and Po­laris Aus­tralia are join­ing to­gether to help save lives and pre­vent ac­ci­dents on farms by rais­ing aware­ness of the im­por­tance of op­er­at­ing off-road ve­hi­cles cor­rectly with the ap­pro­pri­ate safety equip­ment.

AgForce Queens­land CEO Michael Guerin and Po­laris Aus­tralia na­tional sales man­ager Glenn Veal an­nounced a new cor­po­rate part­ner­ship that would give AgForce mem­bers ac­cess to safety train­ing and sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts on Po­laris ve­hi­cles, parts and ac­ces­sories.

Mr Guerin said off-road ve­hi­cles such as quad bikes and side-by-sides were an es­sen­tial piece of equip­ment for many farm­ers, but were also among the big­gest cause of deaths and ac­ci­dents on Aus­tralian farms.

“Over the past 15 years, 69 peo­ple have been killed in quad bike ac­ci­dents in Queens­land – al­most a third of the na­tional to­tal – and many more have been in­jured,” he said.

“AgForce en­cour­ages pri­mary pro­duc­ers to op­er­ate quad bikes, side-by-sides and all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles that are within man­u­fac­turer guide­lines and fit for pur­pose, util­is­ing train­ing and us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate safety equip­ment.”

Mr Veal said Po­laris was a world leader in off-road ve­hi­cle in­no­va­tion and driver/rider safety was the com­pany’s top pri­or­ity.

“Po­laris deal­ers have a strong as­so­ci­a­tion with re­gional Queens­land and a long his­tory of sup­port­ing farm­ers so we see this part­ner­ship as a great op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate and build aware­ness of our prod­ucts and the im­por­tance of us­ing them safely,” he said. “Hav­ing a ve­hi­cle that has man­u­fac­tured engi­neered rollover pro­tec­tion is a step for­ward in re­duc­ing farm ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties.”

Mr Guerin said AgForce and Po­laris would also ad­vo­cate for the Queens­land Govern­ment to in­tro­duce a quad bike safety re­bate.

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