The Victorian Farmers Federation is urging farmers to get quad bike protection as Worksafe inspectors ramp up on-farm safety inspections.
If WorkSafe inspectors find the tasks performed by a quad bike and the terrain are not safe, then the farm owner may be issued with an improvement notice.
The VFF administered quad bike protection rebate program has to date provided 3059 farmers with rebates either for purchasing a safer option or to have rollover protection devices fitted to existing bikes.
President David Jochinke said Victorian farmers have had access to quad bike rebates for more than 16 months through the VFF with funding from WorkSafe.
‘‘WorkSafe are now ramping up farm safety inspections this month with inspectors adding quad bikes to the safety audit checklist,’’ he said.
‘‘These inspectors will be assessing the tasks that quad bikes perform on-farm and the terrain they operate in to determine risk of roll over.’’
Mr Jochinke said through the rebate program the VFF has allocated almost $2.75million to farmers in Victoria, but they knew there were many farmers still riding quad bikes without protection.
‘‘With about 20 per cent of farm deaths occurring each year due to quad bike rollovers, we can only encourage farmers to consider any means to reduce this risk,’’ he said.
‘‘As farmers we have to do everything we can to reduce the appalling rate of death and serious injury across our industry.
‘‘Assessing how we can reduce risks of quad bike related injuries is just one easy step we can all take as farmers to protect our families and workers.’’
The rebate program closes in September.
For more information and to apply for a quad bike rebate, phone 1300882833 or visit bequadsafe.com.au