The NSW Government has unveiled on Wednesday a new virtual reality training to ensure quad bike safety.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean officially launched the program simulating a quad bike accident during the NSW Farmers Conference in Sydney.
“Quad bikes continue to be the biggest killer on Australian farms, with 118 people killed since 2011, including 33 in NSW,” said Mr. Kean.
He said the new program will provide farmers with virtual insight on the impact of quad bike incidents.
“Sometimes Governments need to think outside the box, and this new program does just that by giving farmers a unique virtual insight into how quickly a quad bike can roll over, and the real impact it can have on their livelihood,” said Mr. Kean.
“It’s also a stark reminder that when farmers gets injured it effects not just them, but also their family, and everyone else working around them on farm.”
The program was developed by Australian company VR Technologies. SafeWork NSW will introduce the program at AgQuip in Gunnedah next month, before taking it on the road to regional events and field days across the state.
“I encourage all farmers to have a crack at the virtual reality experience when attending your local field days. It might just save your life,” said Mr. Kean.
The program is part of SafeWork NSW’s $ 3.7 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.