THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is imploring farmers to use extreme care when using quad bikes, install an operator protection device (OPD) and consider alternative, safer farm vehicles.
“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.
Mr Jochinke said Dr Warwick Teague, a trauma surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, had spoken out publicly about the life-altering injuries from quad bike accidents that he saw far too often.
“Dr Teague has to care for children who have crush injuries to the head and chest, spinal injuries, leg and pelvic fractures, and abdominal organ injuries. What’s more, the number of children with quad bike injuries appears to be rising consistently each year,” he said.
Mr Jochinke appealed 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. Please 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, such as a side-by-side,” he said.
“There are only six weeks left for Victorian farmers to take advantage of the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme. The $1200 rebate can be used to purchase up to two OPDs for your quad bikes, or an alternative farm vehicle.”
Farmers wishing to apply for the rebate should call the VFF on 1300 882 833 or visit https://www.vff.org.au/quadbike before the rebate scheme closes on 30 September 2019.