Farmers are urged to take care of their families and themselves during the coming holiday season by taking safety precautions with quad bikes.December 18, 2012 4:34am
The Victorian Farmers Federation is urging farmers to take care of their families and themselves during the coming holiday season by taking safety precautions with quad bikes.
A VSS spokesperson said adult-sized quad bikes were covered in manufacturer warnings stating children under the age of 16 should never operate the vehicle.
Victorian Farmers Federation Farmsafe Alliance manager Tim McKenzie said quad bikes were a major cause of deaths and injuries to Australian farmers and their children.
‘‘The trauma associated with a lot of these life-changing injuries is overwhelming,’’ he said.
‘‘Riders must wear helmets and other protective clothing, and farmers must make sure all quad bike riders are properly trained to use the vehicle and that the quad bikes are in safe operating condition.’’
Australian Centre for Agricultural health and safety director Tony Lower’s analysis of coronial data and hospital admissions from Victoria shows for every death on a quad bike, there were another 80 who attend hospital, of which 40 are admitted.
The most serious injuries include spinal and head injuries, which have a devastating impact on the lives of the victims and their families.
‘‘It’s vital farmers take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families,’’ Mr McKenzie said.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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