Re­search on quad bike safety could save lives

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

A NEW re­search project that aims to re­duce the high rates of in­jury on farms has been an­nounced by the New South Wales Gov­ern­ment, to bet­ter un­der­stand at­ti­tudes and be­haviours around quad bikes and their use.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment will also work closely with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to im­prove ex­ist­ing quad bike safety sys­tems af­ter a joint meet­ing with Sen­a­tor Michaela Cash, in Can­berra last week.

More than 115 peo­ple have been killed in quad bike ac­ci­dents on Aus­tralian farms since 2011, with 32 in NSW.

Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Niall Blair said the joint project between NSW DPI and SafeWork NSW would as­sist in un­der­stand­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of cur­rent and fu­ture mea­sures.

“We’re com­mit­ted to do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to re­duce in­juries on farms and make sure land­hold­ers are fully equipped with both the knowl­edge and tools they need to op­er­ate quad bikes safely,” Mr Blair said.

“I would en­cour­age any quad bike users to take part in this op­por­tu­nity, which will help us un­der­stand how we can en­sure in­jury rates drop as close to zero as pos­si­ble.”

To reg­is­ter in­ter­est please email nsw.quad­bike­safety@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SAFETY: The New South Wales Gov­ern­ment is putting quad bike safety in the spot­light.

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