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What farm safety specialists want to see quad bikes fitted with: sturdy roll-over protection and riders wearing helmets... "Quad bikes again top the list with six fatalities - two involving children," Associate Professor Lower says... The agency recently reported that while just 2.7 per cent of Australian workers are employed in the agriculture industry, 17 per cent of all worker fatalities occur in this sector, with almost 75 per cent of deaths on Australian farms involving work vehicles including quad bikes, tractors, utes and aircraft...
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"Quad bikes top the list for the fourth consecutive year with 12 fatalities - tragically, three involving children [under 15 years]," AgHealth Australia director Associate Professor Tony Lower says... "Quad manufacturers always point to rider error to avoid implications regarding the safety of their product; design flaws mean the margin of error for riding quads is very small," Associate Professor Lower says... Growers who continue to use quad bikes must ensure a crush-protection device is fitted, wear a helmet and follow riding safety practices," Associate Professor Lower says...
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"Quad bikes top the list for the fourth consecutive year with 12 fatalities - tragically, three involving children [under 15 years]," AgHealth Australia director Associate Professor Tony Lower says... "Quad manufacturers always point to rider error to avoid implications regarding the safety of their product; design flaws mean the margin of error for riding quads is very small," Associate Professor Lower says... Growers who continue to use quad bikes must ensure a crush-protection device is fitted, wear a helmet and follow riding safety practices," Associate Professor Lower says...
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A new guide to Australia's latest workplace health and safety (WHS) laws may make it easier for grains industry employers to meet their responsibilities, protect workers and reduce business risks... "The Australian Government, states and territories have largely harmonised WHS legislation over recent years, and the new report pulls together all the requirements, along with extensive web links to the information employers need to comply with," he says... WHS planning and action; relevant web links to information in each state/territory; a list of national resources; and a quick checklist of high-risk issues and registers for records that must be included for specific commodities including grain...
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Tractor design improvements have contributed to a 60 per cent drop in on-farm-injury deaths over the past 20 years, but there is still one glaring exception, say safety experts - By Melissa Branagh-McConachy.. "Historically, rollovers are responsible for half of all quad bike deaths and the evidence clearly points to crush protection devices on quad bikes having a net benefit in reducing deaths and injury," Associate Professor Lower says... "The coronial findings clearly show that quad bikes pose a significant risk of rollover and that steps must be taken to reduce the potential for death and serious injury," Associate Professor Lower says...
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Tractor design improvements have contributed to a 60 per cent drop in on-farm-injury deaths over the past 20 years, but there is still one glaring exception, say safety experts - By Melissa Branagh-McConachy.. "Historically, rollovers are responsible for half of all quad bike deaths and the evidence clearly points to crush protection devices on quad bikes having a net benefit in reducing deaths and injury," Associate Professor Lower says... "The coronial findings clearly show that quad bikes pose a significant risk of rollover and that steps must be taken to reduce the potential for death and serious injury," Associate Professor Lower says...
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A new guide to Australia's latest workplace health and safety (WHS) laws may make it easier for grains industry employers to meet their responsibilities, protect workers and reduce business risks... "The Australian Government, states and territories have largely harmonised WHS legislation over recent years, and the new report pulls together all the requirements, along with extensive web links to the information employers need to comply with," he says... WHS planning and action; relevant web links to information in each state/territory; a list of national resources; and a quick checklist of high-risk issues and registers for records that must be included for specific commodities including grain...
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Loss of agility and slower reaction times can be a risk for older farmers, but health experts say an active work life in older age also has important upsides... While the increasing number of growers working beyond retirement age raises farm safety issues, there are also significant health benefits for those who still love the job... ACAHS director Associate Professor Tony Lower says natural effects of ageing, such as loss of muscle strength and agility, slower reaction times, diminished eyesight, impaired balance and reduced concentration, place older grain growers at a higher risk of injury...
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Electrocution caused by machinery connection with powerlines remains a major risk... Report co-author Associate Professor Anthony Lower, director of the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (ACAHS), says while investment in farm safety programs has seen the Australian farm death toll drop by 60 per cent over the past 20 years, electrocution caused by machinery touching powerlines remains a major risk... "By our estimates many more deaths can be prevented by adopting solutions which we know, from evidence, work," Associate Professor Lower says in his report...
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Electrocution caused by machinery connection with powerlines remains a major risk... Report co-author Associate Professor Anthony Lower, director of the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (ACAHS), says while investment in farm safety programs has seen the Australian farm death toll drop by 60 per cent over the past 20 years, electrocution caused by machinery touching powerlines remains a major risk... "By our estimates many more deaths can be prevented by adopting solutions which we know, from evidence, work," Associate Professor Lower says in his report...
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