ATVS ver­sus quads

Matamata Chronicle - - Farming -

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.

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