Elders offers online quad bike training
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.