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UNSW launches major new online survey on quad bike safety

Do you ride a Quad Bike on your farm? Are you over 18 years of age?

If so, we would like you to complete the Survey.  Your responses will help inform future safety programs, policies and products that will improve quad bike safety in the workplace in Australia and New Zealand.   

To find out more, or to take the Survey, log on to: www.quadbike.unsw.edu.au

The independent Quad Bike Workplace Safety Survey is being undertaken by the Transport and Road Safety Research Centre at UNSW in response to a recommendation by a 2015 coronial inquiry in NSW into the deaths of 11 quad-bike riders in the state. The study is funded by SafeWork NSW.

Since 2001, more than 220 people have been killed in quad-bike related crashes in Australia, and thousands more have been seriously injured.

Quad-bike accidents are the leading cause of death on Australian farms, having overtaken tractor accidents more than five years ago. Nine out of 10 quad bike rollover deaths occur on farms, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.

To reduce the risk of quad bikes rolling on riders and trapping them in a rollover, some manufacturers have developed roll-bar-like devices that attach to quad bikes called Operator Protection Devices. Consumers, however, are confronted with conflicting advice about the effectiveness of these devices.

While the manufacturers of Operator Protection Devices are confident their products can save lives and reduce injuries, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, representing quad-bike manufacturers, has argued that the devices are not beneficial and may even cause more harm than good – by striking riders or preventing riders separating from the vehicle in a crash.

At recent coronial inquests into quad-bike deaths held in Victoria, Queensland and NSW, expert witnesses for and against the use of Operator Protection Devices argued their cases.

In handing down her findings into the deaths of 11 quad-bike riders in NSW In November 2015, Deputy NSW Coroner Sharon Freund called for more research. She recommended an independent “real life” study be conducted to assess the benefits, risks and general efficacy of the protection devices.

Professor Grzebieta says: “Outcomes from this new UNSW study will answer some very important research questions about quad-bike safety that can only be answered through a comprehensive survey of workplace quad-bike users. While our research indicates overall benefits of such Operator Protection Devices, the best measure of their safety performance will come from this real world data.”

Source: University of New South Wales. For more information, please visit: http://www.quadbike.unsw.edu.au/

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