With some farms hosting visitors over the holidays, farmers are being reminded of the dangers of quadbikes.January 10, 2013 4:08am
Farmers are being urged to take care of their families and themselves during the holiday season by taking safety precautions with quad bikes.
VFF Farmsafe Alliance manager Tim McKenzie said quad bikes were a major cause of death and injury to Australian farmers and their children.
‘‘The trauma associated with a lot of these life-changing injuries is overwhelming,’’ Mr McKenzie said.
Adult-size quad bikes are covered in manufacturer warnings stating children under the age of 16 should never operate the vehicle.
Mr McKenzie said all riders had to wear helmets and other protective clothing, as well as be properly trained to use the vehicle. Quad bikes must be in safe operating condition.
Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety director Tony Lowers said analysis of coronial data and hospital admissions from Victoria showed for every death on a quad bike there were another 80 who attended hospital, of which 40 were admitted.
The most serious injuries included spinal and head injuries, which had a devastating impact on the lives of the victims and their families.
‘‘It is vital farmers take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families,’’ Mr McKenzie said.
Fourteen Australians died last year in quad bike accidents.
Mr McKenzie welcomed quad bike manufacturer CFMoto’s decision last month to deliver discounted crush protection devices to buyers.
‘‘It is good to see a manufacturer finally stepping up to the mark and offering farmers an incentive to fit CPDs,’’ Mr McKenzie said.
‘‘We need to ensure every option is available to farmers, who want to protect themselves, their families and their workers.’’
Shepparton coach Brad Campbell and his young Bears are looking forward to tackling the might of Kyabram at Deakin Reserve in Goulburn Valley Football League.
With Dookie sitting fourth on the ladder the Bears expected a hard contest on their home deck and when they kicked the first two goals it was game on.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
Ross Morgan’s dreams of reliving his go kart racing days with his son have been shattered.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
Ky export gets first Navy Blues win.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
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The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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