Mandatory helmet law considered following quad bike deaths

SafeWork NSW said mandatory helmet laws may be necessary to prevent quad bike deaths following the death of a six-year-old girl on a property near Narrabri.

Three people have been killed in quad bike incidents in Australia since the beginning of this year.

Quad bike is also considered the number one killer in Australian farms.

“It’s something that is new and very quickly has become the number one cause of fatality and injury on farms right across Australia,” ABC quoted SafeWork NSW group director Tony Williams as saying.

SafeWork also said that marketing quad bikes as all-terrain vehicles are misleading.

“We’ve had a number of coroners make that observation – that they really are far from [being] all-terrain vehicles,” said Mr. Williams.

“They are quite susceptible to rollover [and really not suitable to hilly environments or high-speed operations.”

Mr. Williams urged farmers to consider whether quad bike is the right vehicle for their property.

He assured farmers that SafeWork will continue to provide support for transitioning to alternate vehicles or retrofitting existing bikes.

“We want to turn the statistics around but we need the support of the farming community,” said Mr. Williams.

“We are seeing too much repetition in the way people are being seriously injured or killed.”

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