WorkSafe New Zealand this month has announced that it strongly recommends using crush protection devices (CPDs) on the back of quad bikes.
Between January 2000 and October 2017, there have been 81 fatalities in quad bike incidents while at work. An average of five people are killed in work-related quad bike incidents every year.
“Data reveals that these accidents can happen on almost any part of the property – and to experienced and inexperienced riders. In many of the incidents the worker is crushed or unable to escape due to the weight of the bike, contributing to fatal or life-changing injuries,” said WorkSafe’s General Manager of Better Regulation and Legal Mike Hargreaves.
If there is no alternative to using quad bike, the agency recommends using a professionally designed and manufactured CPD installed permanently.
“It’s our view that CPDs are likely to prevent serious and fatal injuries,” said Mr. Hargreaves.
“It’s important that farmers and others don’t treat these as a fit and forget solution. The devices do not take the place of training, maintenance, protective gear, vehicle selection, or the careful use of quad bikes, but they can provide some protection in the event of rollover.”
The use of CPDs will not be enforced by the regulator at this time, but the potential benefits of the life-saving devices will be discussed by WorkSafe staff when they visit farms and other workplaces across the country as part of their assessment activity.
ACC is currently working with WorkSafe to design a targeted subsidy for the purchase of CPDs. This is likely to be launched by the end of July 2019.
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