Last week was another tough week on Irish farmers, 2 separate farm accidents took the lives of 2 men. Both were preventable and both were tragic. One however might have been prevented by new stricter laws for quads.
15% of all farm deaths from 2007-2016 were due to quad accidents. The common factor in most of these 8 fatal accidents were farmers overturning or loosing control of their quad bike and being crushed or pinned by the vehicle. 9% of those accidents were to older farmers on quads in the same period.
There are currently no legal rules in place requiring manufacturers or farmers to have roll cages on their quads.
In Australia the debate has moved a step further with the Victorian state calling for roll protection devices to be fitted to quads.
In Australia 70% of quad bike deaths were from rollovers but the quad industry down under have opposed the installation of the roll bars.
Worksafe Australia, a counter part to our own HSA are still investigating the matter but in a statement from WorkSafe Victoria Marnie Williams the body’s executive director of health and safety said there was enough evidence to support the passing of legislation.
Some Europe based quad and ATV makers are predicting similar moves with Polaris producing several cabin ATV versions of their quads.
The HSA here have been reported as considering roll bars like the Australian and Kiwi models. But maybe the time for consideration is over. Maybe it’s time we actually passed legislation before another farmer dies due to a quad crash.
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