05/02/2014 - Quad Bikes

Quad Bike Deaths well above Average in 2013

The State Emergency Service in WA were banned in 2012 by DFES from using quad bikes as part of any operation. DFES have promised to replace these with side by side all-terrain vehicles.  There were 21 quad bike-related fatalities in Australia in 2013.  Interesting the quad bike death rate in 2013 was well above the 10 year average of 13 deaths per year according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.  Fifteen of the deaths occurred on farms, and 11 involved rollovers. Two children under 16 were killed on farms in quad incidents.

The SES Volunteers are still waiting for the promised ATV replacements.

Gordon Hall
President SESVA