Quads and Motorbikes
Quad bikes are the leading cause of on-farm fatality in Australia with an average of 15 deaths per year. They are also the leading cause of death of children on farms between the ages of 5 and 14.
The main causes of death and severe injury are tipping and rollover resulting in crush injury, asphyxia, neck and head injury.
Work Health and Safety risk associated with use of quads on Australian farms should therefore be assessed as HIGH.
As an employer or person conducting a business on the farm, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that everyone who uses quads and/or motorbikes is safe.
Use the resources below to ensure that you comply with this requirement.
By law, you are responsible for all people who operate quads or motorbikes on your farm.
11 October 2020. The safety standard has 3 elements: improved information for potential purchasers, enhanced quad bike stability, and rollover protection to reduce injuries and deaths. The safety standard is made under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) –
read more here
Work Health and Safety regulations require that you must assess and manage the risks to health and safety associated with quads and motorbikes.
A good place to start is Step by step – Setting up for quad and motorbike safety on your farm
|Focus Farm – Quad Bike safety||Video|
|8 x Quad Bike videos (Worksafe Victoria)||Webpage (links to videos)|
|Common statements about Quads Bikes – myth,
excuse or fact? (Dairy Australia)
|Quad Bike safety research (SafeWork NSW)
|Interactive risk assessment – Quad rollovers
|Financial subsidies – purchasing safer vehicles:
Victoria (NFF) & NSW Quad Bike Safety (NSW farmers)
|Quad rolls and back-flipping with and without CPD
|How to: Quad bike pre-operational checks and riding
|Helmet that meets equestrian Australian standard &
NZ standard for ATV paddock use (QB industries)
|Helmet fitting and care guide (QB industries)|