ATVS versus quads
Farmers are being told to start embracing quad bike safety after yet another accident.
In the latest incident, a 36-year-old Parawera man suffered serious chest and back injuries about 9.30am yesterday after his quad bike rolled about 20 metres down a steep paddock.
The accident happened on an Arapuni Rd farm, southeast of Te Awamutu.
Police and ambulance staff were first at the scene, and the man was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.
A Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment investigation is under way.
It is another incident in a long line of quad bike mishaps in farming or recreational scenarios.
Last week, a 40-year-old farm worker spent a night lying injured on the banks of the Waihou River at Okauia after his quad bike rolled on him during a recreational ride. He suffered serious back and pelvic injuries.
Waikato Federated Farmers president James Houghton said many of the accidents happened during recreational activity, but farmers were not immune to quad bike accidents.
He had always viewed the quad bike dangerous as a multi-purpose farming tool, and no longer used them.
Instead he and his staff use side-by-side seated allterrain vehicles ( ATVs) with a steering wheel, seat belts and a roll cage.
‘‘The advantage of those things [ATVs] is staff have tipped them and they just fall on their side and because of the roll cage they don’t keep going.’’
Caution needed: Federated Farmers President James Houghton with his ATV, which he thinks is safer than a quad bike.