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Advocating for farm safety

Charles Armstrong, farmer and Chair of Farmsafe Australia, talks to Regional Voices about quadbike hazards on farms and why he's advocating that safety needs to come before convenience.

Charles has been directly impacted by an on-farm accident: in the early 1990s, the son of his good friend died in an on-farm motorcycle accident.

After the tragedy, helmets became mandatory when riding motorcycles on the Armstrong farm.

As Chair of Farmsafe Australia, Charles has turned his attention to quad bikes. With 250,000-300,000 quad bikes currently on farms all around Australia, Charles says it’s time for action to make them harder for kids to use and safer for riders of all ages. Farmsafe is working on initiatives around product safety ratings and pushing for crush protection for quad bikes. Charles notes that there have been no recorded fatalities with quad bikes fitted with truss devices.

"There’s something like 10-15 [quad bike] fatalities a year. How many have we got to kill before we make real progress?", Mr Armstrong said.

Listen here to Mr Armstrong speaking with Regional Voices here about the need for farmers to embrace farm safety and avoid becoming a cautionary tale.

The Farmsafe Australia network is interested in protecting the health and safety of farmers, workers, family members and visitors to farms. Further information can be found at www.farmsafe.org.au or by contacting Farmsafe Australia on (02) 6269 5622.

There’s something like 10-15 [quad bike] fatalities a year. How many have we got to kill before we make real progress?
Charles Armstrong, Chair of Farmsafe Australia

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