Quad bikes are again a farmer's number one enemy - for the
fifth consecutive year. A report from the Australian Centre
for Agricultural Health and Safety has shown 69 people lost
their lives on farms last year, up from 54 in 2014. Quad bikes
and tractors accounted for 40 per cent of those deaths, with
9 per cent being children.
It was quad bikes that were at the top of the list, with 15
people killed while using the vehicles in 2015, compared to
12 the year before.
Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety Associate
Professor Tony Lower said it was frustrating to see the
numbers. He said the emotional toll on families, friends and
communities as a result of farm accidents involving quad
bikes was indescribable. "Look at any death regardless of
whether it is a farm-related death, an on-road death or some
incident where something is not expected ... I think everybody
would have experienced that in one way or another and knows
the impact it has," Mr Lower said. He also said people who
were not killed were often left with life-long injuries.
"We see some serious and really terrible trauma that does
occur, and this has an impact that flows right on down through
not just the family but also the community," Mr Lower said.
"These people are not able to undertake work and family life
and social activities in the way in which they normally would,
and that has a major impact on the way they lead their life."
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