Plea for quad-bike safety on farms

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Vic­to­ria’s peak farm­ing group is im­plor­ing farm­ers to use extreme care when using quad bikes.

Victorian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent David Jochinke said the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion had found quad bikes caused an av­er­age of six emergency-depart­ment vis­its a day in Aus­tralia.

“That is an ab­so­lutely shock­ing statis­tic. Deaths from quad-bike ac­ci­dents make the news, but what we don’t know about is the huge num­ber of peo­ple, many chil­dren, be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal ev­ery day as a re­sult of quad-bike-re­lated in­juries,” he said.

“I am ap­peal­ing to all farm­ers to re­view their quad-bike use. Please only al­low adults with hel­mets and proper train­ing to use quad bikes in­stalled with OPDS. Never al­low chil­dren to ride on or drive quad bikes. If you’re ready to re­move the risk of quad-bike ac­ci­dents en­tirely, you can tran­si­tion to using a safer farm ve­hi­cle.

“There are only five weeks left for Victorian farm­ers to take ad­van­tage of a Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme.”

Farm­ers wish­ing to ap­ply for the $1200 rebate should call the VFF on 1300 882 833 or visit web­site www.vff.org.au/quad­bike be­fore the rebate scheme closes on September 30.

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