NEW PROGRAM TARGETS QUAD BIKE SAFETY
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced a NSW Government program designed to reduce quad bike injuries on farms.
Mr Anderson said the new SafeWork NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, due to commence in late July, includes a $2 million dollar rebate package to encourage and support farmers to adopt a range of harm prevention strategies to protect their workers and themselves.
“We know that Quad bikes are currently the leading cause of death on Australian farms with 220 deaths in the past 16 years and thousands more people seriously injured.
“The program has been designed to improve awareness of safety issues and provide practical and financial assistance to farmers to reduce injuries and save lives.
“Key focus areas of the Program include safe use, safer vehicles in workplaces, operator protective devices, training and awareness and promotion of the use of helmets.
“The NSW Government will be offering rebates of up to $500 towards the purchase of compliant helmets, Operator Protective Devices, the purchase of a safer vehicle, such as a side-by-side vehicle and undertaking training courses tailored for farmers,”
“Quad bike related fatalities on farms are at an unacceptable level and it’s time to take action.
“With more than 200,000 quad bikes in operation across Australia in both a commercial and recreational capacity, and this program is a step forward to reducing injuries and saving lives.”
The small business rebate available for farmers under the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program is a time and funds limited incentive that commences 19 July 2016.
Information about the program is available from www.safework.nsw.gov.au.