Quad bike blitz
The Department of Labour is keeping quad bike safety firmly in its sights for 2012 and is about to begin its autumn campaign to challenge unsafe quad bike use on farms.
Inspectors will return to some of the 880 farms visited in 2011. Where the inspectors find ongoing unsafe behaviour, farmers may find themselves with an infringement fee.
‘‘Farmers have made some progress in the last year. Helmet sales are up and our inspectors are telling us they’re seeing more farmers taking positive safety steps. But there are still farmers out there who aren’t getting the message’’ said Department of Labour service manager Mark Whatnall.
‘‘ Farms are workplaces and farmers must remember that they have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their staff,’’ he said.