A report from the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety revealed that the 10-year average of 14 quad bike deaths a year showed no signs of dropping in 2014, with 15 quad bike deaths taking place last year. 80% of deaths took place on farms and the figures highlighted the risk of children using quad bikes – three cases involved children under 16.
Dr Tony Lower, the Centre’s director, commented, “There were also at least 86 injuries serious enough to be reported in the media, with many likely to be life-changing, including spinal and brain injuries. All of these incidents have a huge impact on individuals, families and communities.”
60% of deaths and over 40% of injuries involved rollovers and Dr Lower believes that design improvements need to be made to prevent serious injury and death when quads roll. He continued, “Part of the problem is that quads have an illusion of stability, but as a Victorian coroner identified, quads are prone to rollover, and when they do they kill and maim people.”
Whilst these figures relate to quad bike deaths and accidents in Australia, quad bike accidents are unfortunately also common here in the UK.
Using a quad bike at work
If you work in agriculture, or another industry, and have been asked to use a quad bike at work, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Check that quad bikes have been fitted with crush protection devices – ask your employer if you’re unsure
- Wear protective equipment such as a crash helmet at all times
- Keep children under 16 away from quad bikes
- Don’t be fooled by the illusion of stability – quad bikes can be dangerous and can cause serious injuries
Your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work – this includes ensuring that equipment and vehicles are well maintained and safe to use. If you’re injured in a quad bike accident and feel that your employer has been negligent, you could make a claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for a quad bike accident
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you have been involved in a quad bike accident and we’ll be able to tell you if you’re eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. However you’ve been injured, you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. We have over 14 years’ experience in the industry, and we work with an expert team of personal injury lawyers who can offer confidential, no-obligation advice, whatever your situation. Why not get in touch today to find out more about the claims process, and take advantage of our 100% no win, no fee* service?
Source: WorkCover Queensland
Date Published: February 12, 2015
Author: David Brown