During the school holidays quad bike owners are being warned to ‘keep kids off quad bikes’ in a new SafeWork NSW campaign launched today by the Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson.
The campaign will remind farmers that quad bikes are the biggest killers on NSW’s farms, causing 132 deaths in Australia since 2011 and that one in seven child deaths on farms involve the use of adult sized quads.
“Quad bikes weigh 400 kilograms and are extremely dangerous; I cannot stress enough how important it is to take the proper precautions when operating these powerful machines,” Mr Anderson said.
The SafeWork NSW campaign will feature Josh Maxwell, whose daughter was tragically killed in a quad bike accident in 2017 while in the care of family friends.
“No parent should ever have to go through what the Maxwell family went through, and there are just too many incidents involving kids in NSW.
“It’s important at this time that we keep safe and look after each other, and I can’t see any circumstances where it would be appropriate to take the risk of giving a child the keys to a quad bike.”
Mr Anderson reminded farmers that they can still access funds to assist in making their operations safer through the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program. This rebate program has led to famers purchasing 1,918 new side-by-side vehicles and 873 rider safety devices, including roll bars, being fitted to quad bikes.
“Farmers are eligible to claim a $2,000 rebate as one-off payment and at the point of sale when upgrading their quad bike to a safer side-by-side vehicle."
“There is also funding available for drones which gets people off quad bikes for tasks including checking stock, fences, dams and to monitor weed growth,” Mr Anderson concluded.
For more information on SafeWork NSW’s Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, including rebates and training, please visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au and search for 'quad bike'.