YOUNG QUEENSLANDERS who ride quad bikes have been urged to play it safe over the holidays while using these powerful vehicles.
Head of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Dr Simon Blackwood, said quad safety has to be the number one priority for riders and those supervising.
“We don’t want to take all the fun out of riding quad bikes, but we’re simply calling on parents to watch and supervise young riders carefully to ensure nothing nasty happens,” Dr Blackwood said.
“There is a much greater risk when young, inexperienced riders aren’t properly trained or supervised — when they’re allowed to ride bikes that are too big for them to handle or if they’re not wearing helmets.”
Dr Blackwood asked everyone to take care riding quad bikes this festive season whether on rural properties, in the bush or on the beach.
“Over the last 15 years, more than 70 people have been killed using quad bikes in Queensland,” he said.
“And every year, there are around 300 quad bike related hospitalisations, 600 emergency department presentations and more than 200 ambulance attendances.
“It saddens me to admit these are amongst the highest figures in Australia.
“No matter how the quad’s being used, we must respect just how dangerous these vehicles can be.”
Here are some handy hints to play it safe this summer:
- Wear a helmet.
- Don’t let kids ride adult bikes.
- Don’t carry passengers.
- Supervise kids at all times.
- Get training.
- Check that a quad bike is the best vehicle for the job.
For more information, visit http://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/rideready