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New Zealand triple tragedies prompt quad bike safety reminder

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13 February 2019

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has urged Queenslanders to heed quad bike safety warnings following recent vehicle rollovers in New Zealand, where three people lost their lives and two others were seriously hurt.

“I'd like to offer my condolences to the families of those involved in these terrible quad bike incidents. Sadly, they are a tragic reminder to all of us that quad bikes can be deadly when used incorrectly,” Ms Grace said.

“Quad bike rollovers are the major cause of critical injuries in rural workplaces, and unfortunately we have seen similar tragedies here in Queensland.

“Just last month, a 60-year-old Central Queensland man was killed when his quad bike overturned while he was working on a slope on his farm.

“We have also just seen a landmark personal injury claim in this state, where an employer was ordered to pay to $400,000 to a worker after he broke his leg trying to prevent a quad bike from rolling over.”

Ms Grace asked people to take extreme care when operating quad bikes on farms, whether for work or non-work activities.

“Keep in mind, where the land is hilly or sloping, and if speed is also a factor, the risk of a rollover is increased,” she said.

“People need to select the right vehicles to do the job safely and be trained and competent to operate them.

“Road-compliant helmets offer the highest level of head protection and should be worn at all times.”

Approximately a third of quad bike fatalities in Australia happen in Queensland. Around 11 per cent involve children under 16 years of age.

In 2018, there were five quad bike deaths in Queensland, and in Australia since 2011, there have been 104 fatalities. A third of these involved people aged over 60.

The most common types of quad bike-related incidents are rollovers, usually caused by a collision or fall from the bike.

For information on safe quad bike use, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au.

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Media contact: oirmedia@oir.qld.gov.au or 0478 33 22 00.