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Six hospital visits a day from quad bike accidents

Grain Central, August 14, 2019

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.

VFF president, David Jochinke, said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had found that quad bikes caused an average of six emergency department visits per 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.

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.

Source: VFF

 

 

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  1. Jenny James, August 15, 2019

    I seem to remember that kids drove suzi utes before the days of 4 wheelers and I seem to remember for some reason suzi utes were banned from being imported into Au.
    If that caused 4 wheelers to grow in popularity, it might have been better to have not stopped importing them.

    • Henry Wells, August 16, 2019

      Those suzi utes in the 70s were tiny, go-anywhere buses for sure…the LJ20. Thanks for the feedback JJ. Cheers, Ed.

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