QUAD bike safety is under the spotlight again after two young boys were killed in quad bike incidents on the weekend in Western Australia and Tasmania.
The quad bike rolled on a property in Dingup shortly before 2pm.
Police said the boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A nine-year-old boy was killed in a quad bike crash at a Sandford property outside Hobart on Sunday afternoon. The boy died after a quad bike rollover at a family member’s rural property on Dixon Point Road, according to police.
Quad bikes are one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms. In 2018, there were 10 quad bike fatalities in Australia.
Figures from Safe Work Australia show in the eight years from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2018, 126 people died in quad bike incidents in Australia.
Almost 11 per cent (14 fatalities) were children aged 11 years of age or under and more than one third (43 fatalities) were adults aged 60 years and over.
The figures show over half (76 fatalities) of all fatalities were the result of a rollover and 77 fatalities occurred on a farm or property.
The Australian Competition and Consumers Commission’s (ACCC) final report into quad bike safety released this week recommends the introduction of a safety standard.
The ACCC has made a recommendation to the Assistant Treasurer to make a mandatory safety standard.
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the release of the report, including recommendations for measures to establish a safety standard.
“Since 2011, about 130 people have been killed and on average six people each day are hospitalised in quad-bike related incidents,” NFF president Fiona Simson said.
“This comes at a cost to the economy of at least $200 million per year, not to mention the pain, suffering and associated expenses inflicted upon those affected, including friends and families of victims.”
The ACCC recommends a standard which mandates that key information on stability and design specifications of a quad bike be made available for consumers.
The ACCC also recommends a minimum stability standard and operator protection devices (OPDs) be made mandatory for general-use models.
This, according to the ACCC, will minimise the risk of rollovers and significantly reduce the risk of death or serious injury if a rollover should occur.
Under the recommendations, sport, youth and transition models would be exempt, and a two-year transition period would ensure general-use models could be brought up to the new standard.
According to the ACCC, the introduction of a Five-Star Star Safety Rating System, that is managed and administered independently from manufacturers, would allow consumers to easily compare the relative safety of available quad-bike models.
“The NFF has long called for the introduction of a Five-Star Safety Rating System,” Ms. Simson said.
“Consumers deserve the right to safety information relevant to the quad bike they intend to purchase to make informed decisions about the safety of themselves, their families and workers. The ACCC’s recommendations would ensure that this is possible.”
The NFF is urging the Government to implement the ACCC’s recommendations to save lives and prevent countless on-farm injuries.
To prevent quad bike injuries and deaths, Safe Work Australia has the following tips-
Source: Safe Work Australia