Quad-bike death toll to 15

19 Sep, 2011 04:00 AM
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QB Industries sold 25 of its roll bars over last week’s three day Ag Show event in Queensland.
QB Industries sold 25 of its roll bars over last week’s three day Ag Show event in Queensland.

NEWSPAPER reports from Tamworth in northern NSW detail another death involving a quad-bike which brings the number of lives lost on these popular farm workhorses during 2011 to 15.

According to the Northern Daily Leader a 65-year-old landholder had been reported missing from his Long Valley Rd property, Tingha, on Sunday night.

Police officers, along with friends and family of the man, searched the property, but the search was deemed too dangerous to continue at night, due to a number of abandoned mine shafts in the area.

When the search resumed at daylight on Monday, the man was found dead at 8am.

New England Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Rowan O’Brien said at this stage of the investigation, it appeared the man fell off his quad-bike and into a gully.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Associate Professor Tony Lower from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety said the circumstances surrounding the incident were yet to be made public.

“All we can say is that this is regrettably the 15th quad-bike fatality this year and we have now exceeded the 10-year average of 14 deaths - with still a substantial part of the year to come,” he said.

“Unfortunately every incident like this has its own story and the negative impact of the event will be felt by the victim’s family, friends and colleagues,” Professor Lower added.

Meanwhile, the Queensland-based company making news around Australia with its Quad Bar product – a relatively inexpensive roll-bar attachment – says it sold out of product over last week’s three-day Ag Show event in Toowoomba.

“Most people were very much aware of the issue, requiring more information about it, with others looking for ‘outside advice’ to clarify the situation,” managing director, QB Industries, David Robertson said.

“They are really looking for either Government or independent advice as to what to do (about fitting a roll bar),” he added.

Over the show, QB Industries sold 25 of its roll bars, with Mr Robertson earlier filmed by ABC television for a report on the issue for its 7.30 programme on Tuesday of this week.

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20/09/2011 9:43:11 AM

Workers have to wear helmets on motor bikes now. We have bottom opening silo's to save fall injuries. We stopped using cyanide in sheep dips years ago. We have "no touch" chemical systems for our sprayers, carbon filters, positive pressure cabins... we wear seat belts in cars and have air bags, crumple zones. Why? Because it makes sense. Who are the nut cases who say ROPS for ATV's are not a good idea? If they save 5 lives - is that not a start?

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