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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, JUNE 12, 2013
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Kumho will purchase an eco-sourced native
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Developing skills: There are plenty of opportunities to develop safety awareness and abilities, which inevitably reduce
potential for accidents.
➤ MINISTRY GUIDELINES
Picking the right vehicle for the job doesn’t have to mean buying a fleet of expensive
vehicles. But it’s important to look at each specific task as it needs to be done on the
farm, and think carefully about whether the quad bike is the right tool for the job before
heading off. Have a look at this scenario:
Mark spotted a sheep stuck in a fence halfway up a steep hill. As he got on the quad bike
he thought he had better take a wire cutter and some fencing tools just in case.
Loading the tools onto the front he paused for a moment to think. Getting up the steep hill
with the tools hanging off the front rack would be tricky, and if the sheep was badly injured
and had to be carried back, the quad just wasn’t going to do the job.
Mark decided to drive his 4WD truck up the hill, park on a nearby ridge and walk the
remaining distance with his tools to the sheep. All it took was a short delay and a
considered decision. But it might have meant the difference between Mark being able to
get on with the rest of his day or being unable to work for weeks due to a serious injury.
Get the picture? Quad bikes are invaluable farm tools when they are used for the right
tasks, but pushing them beyond their limitations is dangerous.
ATV is good servant but bad master
advise caution, as the quad bike may
become unstable due to sudden and
dramatic shifts in the bike’s centre of
Riders can easily lose control of
quad bikes following a collision with
an object, encountering
unfavourable ground conditions, or
as a result of towing trailers etc.
In these incidents the rider can
come off the quad bike and hit the
ground, another object, or the quad
Quad bike rollovers can result in
the rider being pinned or trapped
underneath the vehicle, causing
severe crushing injuries which are
Note: Based on an analysis of serious
harm incidents investigated by the
department from 2000 to 2008, if
passengers had not been carried at
least 18 serious injuries (2 fatal)
would have been prevented.
Note: An analysis of serious
incidents investigated by the
department from 2000 to 2008,
adhering to the manufacturer’s rider
age would have prevented at least 6
serious injuries (3 fatal).
Note: In a study involving the
inspection of quad bikes it was
found that 60 per cent failed at least
one aspect of a basic bike condition
check, and as high as 73 per cent for
quad bikes over three years old.
Tyres, wheels and steering were the
most commonly noted faults.
Note: Over 56 per cent of farms use
quad bikes to regularly tow trailers
or other mobile equipment.
Note: Department of Labour
incident investigations confirm that
quad bike riders are often
performing multiple tasks at the
time of the loss of control – 24 per
cent were being used to muster
livestock and 5 per cent used to
Note: An investigation of reported
loss of control incidents found that
riders working alone were twice as
likely to be seriously harmed.
As a quad bike owner and operator,
you will need to assess the hazards
present, consider the likelihood of
harm, and act according to your
own circumstances using these
guidelines to help you make good,
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