Quad bikes, when the right vehicle for the job, are a versatile and flexible mode of transport to help deal with wet and muddy ground on farms. Quad bikes are used for a range of jobs, including mustering livestock, carrying dogs and spray packs. They are also used with trailers as they can get into tighter areas than tractors. Unfortunately quad bikes have a relatively high centre of gravity due to their short wheel base and therefore have a tendency to roll over when they are ridden too fast or when they hit logs in grass or ruts in the ground. Quad bike rollovers can lead to death and serious injury if adequate safety precautions haven’t been taken.
1. Understand how to stay safe when using a quad bike
2. How to apply to your farm/actions to take forward
In 2021 there were 11 quad bike fatalities in Australia caused by rollovers. Source: Safework Australia QuadWatch
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There are actions you should take before you or your worker gets on a quad bike.
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