Wearing a helmet is the best way to minimise the risk of a head injury.
One in five quad bike incidents results in a head injury and head injuries cause about a third of quad bike deaths. In most of these cases, the person was not wearing a helmet.
Wearing a properly fitting helmet (compliant with AS 1698:1988 and AS/NZ 1698:2006) is the best protection you have against a head injury.
A person conducting a business or undertaking must provide safe systems of work for workers and visitors. This means ensuring quad bike riders use appropriate personal protective equipment, including helmets, eye protection, gloves, study footwear and clothing that covers arms and legs.
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Quad bikes are part of everyday life out here, but did you know quad bikes are Queensland farming's biggest killer? Wearing a helmet is the simplest thing you can do to make sure you come home safe to your family.
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Choose the right helmet
Helmets come in a range of styles and sizes so it is important to find the right one for you and your needs. A helmet that is too small may be uncomfortable and not be secure and a helmet that is too large can dislodge or get knocked off in a rollover or crash.
Full-face helmets are useful where there is a higher risk of facial injuries (e.g. riding through scrub). This style of helmet can become hot if you’re wearing it for long periods, so it’s best to take regular breaks or rotate jobs between workers.
Open face helmet
Open face helmets offer similar protection to the head as full-face helmets, though little protection to the face.
Shorty style helmet
The ‘shorty’ style helmet can be suitable for tasks on rural properties such as mustering in open country as it provides head protection while still enabling good peripheral vision and hearing. It’s also lighter and cooler than a full-face helmet.
Riding on a road
To ride a quad bike on a Queensland road, you must have conditional registration administered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Quad bike riders and any passengers carried must wear an approved motorcycle helmet when the vehicle is operating on a road or road related area. The Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) website rates motorcycle helmets for safety and comfort and also includes a guide to help you pick the right size.