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Quad bike and Vehicle Safety

Quadbike and Vehicle Safety

Farm vehicles, including quads, utilities and two wheeled motorbikes accounted for around 23% of all injury deaths on farms from 2001-2010. A further 70-100 farmers and farm workers are killed each year from road accidents in vehicles on public roads.

Quads are the leading cause of death and serious injury on Australian farms, outranking tractors. There is an average of 14 fquad bike related fatalities in Australian every year. Since 2011, there have been 38 quad deaths on Australian farms (till Oct 2013), with 120 of the 181 fatal incidents since 2001 (67%), occurring on a farm.

While there has been significant farm safety success with the reduction of deaths by approximately 65% over the past 20 years, quad bike incidents continue to rise. For example, in Victoria quad related Emergency Department presentations increased by 41% from 2003 to 2011.1

Farmsafe Australia has developed a quad bike Safety Guide for farmers, to help reduce the risks associated with quads.

When farmers are considering using quads for work on farms, Farmsafe encourages the following safety principles:

  • Is the quad the most appropriate vehicle to do the job?  A farm ute or Side-by-Side Vehicle, can carry loads and passengers safely. Alternatively, a tractor or two wheel motorcycle may be more appropriate depending on the task(s) to be undertaken;
  • A suitably tested crush protection device (CPD) should be fitted to the quad bike;
  • Always keep the quad well maintained and tyres correctly inflated according to manufacturers' recommendations;
  • DO NOT allow riders under 16 years old to operate a quad of any engine size (kids and quads are a fatal mix). Allegedly "child appropriate quads" also kill by crush/asphyxiation and are present in Australian coronial records;
  • DO NOT carry passengers;
  • DO NOT carry or tow loads (including spray tanks and trailers). Loads make an unstable vehicle that is "prone to rollover"1 even more so. This adds to the risk of rollover and fatal crush injuries or asphyxiation; and,
  • When riding a quad always wear a helmet.

Farm Vehicles - Motorbikes

Safety of Quad Bikes and Side-by-Side Vehicles on Australian Farms

For further information on quad bike safety and research please follow the link below:

An Industry Strategy 2004-2009

Safe operation of 4 x 4 wheel vehicles on Australian Farms - An Industry Strategy 2004-2009 has been developed by Farmsafe Australia under the direction of a Reference Group that will continue to oversee implementation of an Action Plan to see adoption of key recommendations.

Quadbike Rollover protection

As part of this strategy, an ATV_Safety_Guide (374kb)  has been produced. Other publications/information relevant to ATV safety has been listed below:

Farm Safety Fact Sheet No. 4 - Agricultural Bike Safety.pdf (100kb)

Treat ATVs with Respect (417kb)- a useful publication from the Small Landholder Information Service and Kondinin Group

Reducing All-Terrain Vehicle Injury - A randomized control study of the effect of driver training. Information from RIRDC

ATV Briefing Paper (January 2007) - ATV Safety on Australian Farms (60kb)

ATV Brochure All Terrain Vehicles: Safety on Farms (1.94Mb)


1 Clapperton A, Herde E, Lower T. 2013. Quad bike related injury in Victoria, Australia. Medical Journal of Australia; 199: 418-422.
2 Olle J. Investigation into deaths of Vince Tobin, Joseph Jarvis Shepherd, Jye Kaden Jones, Peter Vaughn Crole, Thomas James Scutchings, John Neville Nash, Patricia Murray Simpson, Elijah Simpson with inquest. Melbourne: State Coroner Victoria, 2009 .Coroner John Olle (Victoria)

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