Bike safety a pri­or­ity

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion has thrown its sup­port be­hind a Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment and Work­safe Vic­to­ria safety cam­paign to pro­mote safer quad bike use.

VFF pres­i­dent David Jochinke said many farm­ers had been af­fected by quad-bike ac­ci­dents.

“The real-life sto­ries shared in the new safety cam­paign are deeply un­com­fort­able and painful to hear,” he said.

“Yet th­ese farm­ers could be con­sid­ered the lucky ones be­cause they are still here to tell their sto­ries.

“There are too many adults and chil­dren who never walked away from their quad bike ac­ci­dent.

“Every­one who owns a quad bike must im­ple­ment prac­ti­cal rules about how, when, where and by whom the quad bike is used.

“Th­ese rules need to be clearly ex­plained to all fam­ily mem­bers, staff, and vis­i­tors who visit your prop­erty.”

Mr Jochinke said quad-bike ac­ci­dents could hap­pen at any time and safety pre­cau­tions should al­ways be taken.

Mr Jochinke said a re­bate was avail­able for operator pro­tec­tion de­vices.

Farm­ers wish­ing to ap­ply for the re­bate can call the VFF on 1300 882 833 or visit www.vff.org.au/ quad­bike to ap­ply for the re­bate im­me­di­ately.

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