Support for crush protection devices on quad bikes

quad bikeSafe Work Australia, National Farmers' Federation (NFF), Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (AgHealth) and Country Women's Association of Australia (CWAA) have joined together to support the fitting of crush protection devices (CPDs) to quad bikes before more deaths and serious injuries occur.

The organisations met in Canberra on Friday, 19 July 2013 as part of National Farm Safety Week. They called on manufacturers to urgently reconsider their position on the fitting of CPDs to quad bikes to reduce the likelihood of death and injury as a result of a crush or asphyxiation when quad bikes roll.

Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia, Mr Rex Hoy said ten quad bike users have already been killed this year.

"Numbers alone do not begin to convey the pain and suffering involved in these incidents. However they do indicate there is something inherently very dangerous about quad bikes in agricultural use, farm riding and leisure use," said Mr Hoy.

Mid-year figures released earlier this month by AgHealth in their Farm Injury Report Mid-Year Snapshot continue to show quad bike incidents as the leading cause of death and injury on Australian farms.

"Clearly existing quad bike standards are not adequate," said Mr Hoy.

"How many more lives need to be lost before manufacturers finally take action."

The NFF, Australia's peak national body representing Australian farmers held a Members' Council meeting in June where they requested seven actions be taken by manufacturers to improve quad bike safety.  This included urgent modifications to make quad bikes safer and CPDs and roll over protective structures (ROPS) to be fitted to quad bikes. The seven actions are attached.

The CWAA established a national policy in 2012 for all quad bikes locally made or imported and used in Australia be fitted with suitably tested CPDs.  The motions as passed at CWAA's 34th National Conference are also attached.

"I commend the continuing efforts of NFF, CWAA and AgHealth in taking action to improve quad bike safety and keep Australian farmers and their families safe," said Mr Hoy.

"These organisations frequently witness hands-on the detrimental impact a death or serious injury has not only the farmer's family but the whole community.

"It is time manufacturers took action and listened to Australian research, the community and farming organisations."

Safe Work Australia will continue to work with farmers, unions, manufacturers, community organisations and regulators to improve quad bike safety and reduce these tragic statistics. More information on the work being done to improve quad bike safety can be found at

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