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The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is calling on farmers to look after their families and themselves during the holiday season by taking safety precautions when using quad bikes.
“Quad bikes are a major cause of deaths and injuries to Australian farmers and their children,” said VFF Farmsafe Alliance manager Tim McKenzie.
“The trauma associated with a lot of these life-changing injuries is overwhelming.
“Riders must wear helmets and other protective clothing, and farmers must make sure all quad bike riders are properly trained to use the vehicle and that the quad bikes are in safe operating condition.
According to an analysis of coronial data and hospital admissions in Victoria by Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety Director, Tony Lower, for every death on a quad bike, there are another 80 who go to the hospital, of which 40 are admitted.
Most serious injuries include spinal head injuries.
“It is vital farmers take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families,” said Mr McKenzie.
In late November, quad bike manufacturer CFMoto broke ranks with the majority of manufacturers and delivered discounted Crush Protection Devices (CPD) to buyers.
“It’s good to see a manufacturer finally stepping up to the mark and offering farmers an incentive to fit CPDs,” said Mr McKenzie.
“We need to ensure every option is available to farmers, who want to protect themselves, their families and their workers.”