Just ahead of the Quad Bike Safety National Forum tomorrow the ACTU has called for mandatory crush protection devices to be installed on all new quad bikes to stop fatalities.
Michael Borowick, the ACTU Assistant Secretary, said that the recent death of a 58 year old man, see the SafetyCulture report, showed just how dangerous quad bikes are – there have been 160 deaths in Australia since 2001 and ten nationally so far this year.
He added that there are more than 220,000 quad bikes used in Australia and they are the major cause of workplace fatalities on farms because of their increased use as a work vehicle.
Mr Borowick said that quad bikes have issues with stability and fatalities could be simply reduced with the installation of crush protection devices, fatalities with tractor rollovers have reduced by 80% since roll over protection devices were introduced as compulsory in 1992.
The unions will put their proposal forward during the national forum tomorrow.