Quad bike safety: Roll cages 'not always best option'

Farming leaders say an attitude change to health and safety on the farm is what is needed to prevent further quad-bike fatalities.

A Wellington coroner has suggested there be a mandatory safety standard for quad bikes.

Coroner Brigitte Windley also wants to see WorkSafe NZ, MBIE, ACC, Federated Farmers and other relevant industry bodies establish a working party to collectively review work undertaken by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on reducing quad bike deaths.

Federated Farmers Arable Industry Chairperson and board member Karen Williams told the AM Show that the organisation is keen to explore solutions.

"We are absolutely committed to meeting with other interested parties to talk about that," she said.

Coronial statistics show 99 people have died in quad bike accidents since 2007
Coronial statistics show 99 people have died in quad bike accidents since 2007 Photo credit: Supplied

"We need to think very cleverly about what we can do to reduce this horrific toll," said Williams.

Wiiliams said it was hoped Australian research on the impact of roll cagers on quad bikes would be available.

"Farm terrain is variable, we can't assume that roll cages would be the best option in every case."

"We need to look carefully at that, but if farmers wish to add roll cagers, then we certainly support that."

She said farmers attitude to health and safety need to change.

"It needs to be routine, not something we think about afterwards."

According to coronial statistics, 99 people have been killed in quad bike incidents since 2007, including seven in 2018.

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