Since 2001 over 150 Australians have died in quad bike incidents.
Of the 23 quad bike deaths recorded in 2011, 18 occurred on farms and places quad bikes as the leading cause of injury death on Australian farms (outranking tractors by almost 2:1). Deaths are evenly distributed between rollovers, where asphyxiation/crush injury are common and non-rollovers, where the victim is flung onto a hard surface as a result of a quad bike crash. Almost 9 out of every 10 rollover deaths occur on a farm. Farmers are urged to think carefully about their use of quad bikes taking into account the safety risks.
Farmers who are employers or in control of the farm workplace have responsibility under work health and safety law to provide safe systems of work for workers and visitors to the workplace, including the operation of quad bikes.
The ongoing work within the National Farm Injury Prevention program for quad bikes will seek to promote the use of more suitable vehicles. If quad bikes are still to be used as the vehicle of choice, all should be fitted with a suitably tested crush protection devices. The Centre will continue negotiations with relevant partners in relation to guidelines, risk assessments and regulatory intervention.
- Media Release: Quad bike fatalities costly - but manufacturers fail to act, ACAHS, Moree.
- Quad Bike Related Deaths and Injuries: Australia 2012, Media Monitors Report, ACAHS, Moree.
- Map of Quad Bike Deaths in Australia during 2012, ACAHS, Moree
- Adoption of Quad Bike Crush Protection Devices: A report prepared for Worksafe Victoria.
- Channel Ten 'The Project" Interview: Quad Bike Tragedy
- RDAA & RDAV Joint Media Release: Long overdue action on quad bikes applauded
- Mount Isa Statement on Quad Bike Safety - 2012 ('Are you remotely interested...' and Farmsafe Conference 2012)
- Map of Australian Quad Bike Deaths Jan-May 2012
- Hon Bill Shorten Press Release: Government works with farming organisations and community groups to establish "QuadWatch".
- ABC Country Hour Interview: Associate Professor Tony Lower
- National Safety Magazine - Crush Protection: Raising the Bar. (This article was first published in May 2012 issue of the National Safey Magazine - a magazine of the National Safety Council of Australia)
- Quad Bike Related Deaths and Injuries: Australia 2011, Media Monitors Report
- Media Release: Australian Quad Bike Deaths and Injuries in 2011
- Monash University - Snapshot review on quad bike safety devices
- Map of Australian Quad Bike Deaths 2011
- Map of Australian Quad Bike Deaths 2001 - 2011
- Media Release - Quad Bike Carnage Continues
- ABC 7.30 Report Video - How Safe are quad bikes (Video 5.5MB) Link to ABC website for viewing
- Media Release (ABC 7.30 Report) - Quad bike manufacturers place riders at increased risk of death
- Poilcy Statement - Preventing death and serious injury caused by rollover of quad bikes
- Guidance Material - Safe use of quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles on Autralian farms
- Factsheet - Farm vehicles, 2 and 4 wheeled motorbikes
- Media Reports on quad bikes related deaths and injuries in Australia during 2010
- Media Release - New evidence on rollover protection devices to reduce deaths on quad bikes
- Media Release - Roll bars essential for quad bikes, written by NSW Farmers Association: NSW Farmers Media Release
- Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities - Quad Bike Campaign
Other Resources available:
The following link is a list of Registered Training Organisations that can provide accredited quad bike training in compliance with AHCHMOM212A. Participants who are assessed successfully will achieve the nationally accredited unit of competency.