Quad bikes: Call for mandatory safety features

A safety group is calling for farmers to add safety features to quad bikes.

The Agricultural Leaders' Health and Safety Group is calling for farmers to accept responsibility for poor safety records.

General manager Tony Watson says most farm accidents happen on quad bikes.

"Unlike tractors with safety frames… or utes with seatbelts and things, quad bikes have no real safety features built into them."

Mr Watson says farmers can add safety frames to quad bikes to ensure they're safer.

"When an operator comes off a quad bike there's very little place for the operator to go, and often they're getting crushed."

According to WorkSafe, there were 48 serious accidents in 2018, and six already this year. In the past decade, there have been 51 fatalities on quad bikes - one this year. The deadliest year was 2015, with nine deaths.

Mr Watson says famers need to accept individual responsibility for the sector's poor health and safety records, and there needs to be a change in attitude.

"We've had for too long this 'she'll be right' attitude, and we've got to a point now where we need to do something different."