El­ders of­fers on­line quad bike train­ing

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - News -

EL­DERS In­sur­ance is tack­ling the is­sue of quad bike safety by pro­vid­ing on­line train­ing aimed at im­prov­ing the safety knowl­edge of those who use quad bikes or ATVs (all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles).

The re­gional and ru­ral in­surer is mak­ing avail­able a short, on­line video train­ing se­ries on a ded­i­cated safety por­tal aimed at pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal knowl­edge about how to op­er­ate a quad bike safely.

El­ders In­sur­ance gen­eral man­ager John Fox said the in­surer is en­cour­ag­ing every­one who lives or works on a farm in Aus­tralia and who has ac­cess to these types of ve­hi­cles to un­der­take the on­line train­ing.

“It’s straight­for­ward and will only take 10 to 15 min­utes, but the knowl­edge and aware­ness you will gain about how im­por­tant safety is when op­er­at­ing these ve­hi­cles could save your life or that of a loved one.”

Mr Fox added that he was aware that El­ders’ train­ing is not a com­plete so­lu­tion to the high on-farm ac­ci­dent rate but the in­surer wanted to do what it could to help re­duce the oc­cur­rence of ac­ci­dents on farms.

“Our mes­sage is sim­ple and clear – be bet­ter in­formed, be aware of how you’re us­ing quad bikes and whether they are ap­pro­pri­ate for your farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and, im­por­tantly, be safe,” Mr Fox said.

As an added in­cen­tive to en­cour­age com­ple­tion of the train­ing and as­sess­ment, El­ders In­sur­ance is run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion with the ma­jor prize be­ing a Sports­man ACE made by Polaris.

Also team­ing up with El­ders In­sur­ance for this cam­paign is quad bike and mo­tor­cy­cle train­ing provider Top Rider.

A na­tional reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, Top Rider has worked with El­ders In­sur­ance to pro­duce the on­line video train­ing se­ries that can be ac­cessed at www.farm­safe­ty­first.com.au.

The safety cam­paign will in­clude the screen­ing of some farm safety com­mu­nity ser­vice mes­sages on ru­ral and re­gional tele­vi­sions across Aus­tralian.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2013 Safe Work Aus­tralia re­port, in­ci­dents in­volv­ing ve­hi­cles ac­counted for 71 per cent of fa­tal­i­ties on farms over the eight years from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2011.

“As a re­gional in­surer, what we’re do­ing is sim­ply pro­vid­ing some eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in­for­ma­tion that we hope will raise aware­ness and that can help farm­ers, their fam­i­lies and work­ers, right now to be safe if they are us­ing these ve­hi­cles,” Mr Fox said.

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