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Quad bikes drive up toll.. There is about one on-farm fatality each week in Australia - a blunt reminder of the ongoing need for caution in agriculture, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (ACAHS) at the University of Sydney... The latest statistics released by the ACAHS, based on an analysis of 2015 print media reports, show that 37 people - including four children - lost their lives in on-farm incidents between 1 January and 30 September 2015 and 74 were injured in non-fatal incidents...
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Bans on children riding adult-sized quad bikes, compulsory use of helmets and mandatory training or licensing are among proposed changes governing the use of quad bikes on Australian farms... Dean grew up on a local dairy farm and rode quad bikes when he was younger, but says modern vehicles are "higher, faster and have no centre of gravity"... While many perceive quad bikes as a normal part of rural life, the vehicles remain agriculture's biggest on-farm killer and are the major cause of death for children aged between 5 and 14 and to children visiting farms...
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Bans on children riding adult-sized quad bikes, compulsory use of helmets and mandatory training or licensing are among proposed changes governing the use of quad bikes on Australian farms... Dean grew up on a local dairy farm and rode quad bikes when he was younger, but says modern vehicles are "higher, faster and have no centre of gravity"... While many perceive quad bikes as a normal part of rural life, the vehicles remain agriculture's biggest on-farm killer and are the major cause of death for children aged between 5 and 14 and to children visiting farms...
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Research by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has investigated the impact that injury has on rural communities and the agricultural sector in Australia... The research has led the RFDS to call for a new national injury strategy to be developed and for more government support... "Because of this, Farmsafe strongly endorses the RFDS call for increased action by governments and a new national injury-prevention strategy to address injury and its disproportionate impact in rural and remote Australia," he 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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"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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Victoria has become the first state to require mandatory rollover protection to be fitted to quad bikes used in the workplace, including farms... Ms Williams says WorkSafe Victoria has been following the debate on the suitability of rollover protection on quad bikes for several years and has listened to the views of manufacturers, the medical profession, hospitals, community groups and agricultural safety bodies... Ms Williams says there are several OPDs for quad bikes already on the market that meet national health and safety requirements...
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