Rules to play Quad Biking
An Quad Biking is defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a vehicle .
1. Quad bike
Quad bikes can be two wheel drive or four wheel drive and are sometimes referred to
as four wheel motorbikes. They are only one of many vehicles that are useful for
work on farms.
2. Quad bike use
Riders of all ages are at risk of death. The age range of those who have died
broadly reflects the age distribution of farmers.
The majority of those who have died were quad bike operators, however
and bystanders are also at risk.
The majority of fatal quad bike incidents involve males, but females are also at risk.
Quad bike related deaths are associated with a wide range of work activities in
agriculture and horticulture.
A significant number of on farm deaths are associated with recreational activities
There is a propensity for quad bikes to roll over and cause serious injury or death to
Incorrect loading of the quad bike has been associated with rollover deaths.
Terrain, slope and surface appear to play key roles in quad bike related deaths.
The head and chest are the most common body parts injured. Most of these
injuries are caused by crushing between the quad bike and the ground or other
surface, while others occur when operators are flung onto hard surfaces in a crash.
Most injuries and deaths involve the head and cervical spine, crush injuries
Vehicle rollover is a common event in quad bike incidents. Quad bikes can roll over in
4. Health and safety
The OHS Act applies to all workplaces, including farms. As a farmer, you may be an
employer, a self employed person, a manager, or a person in control of the farm and
as such, you have legal responsibilities under the OHS Act.
These include ensuring that
the farm is a safe working environment without risk to the health of your
all people (including family members, employees, visitors, contractors) are not
exposed to risks to their health and safety arising from farm activities
the means of entering and leaving the farm are safe and without risk to health.
If you are an employer, you should
consult with your employees and any health and safety representatives (HSRs) on
matters that might affect their health and safety
report serious incidents to WorkSafe Victoria.
The reporting duty also applies if you are self employed.
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 have more detailed
requirements for the identification and control of hazards associated with
the use of plant such as quad bikes.
If your employees use quad bikes, you must
identify any hazards associated with the quad bikes and their use, and ensure that
any risks are eliminated or reduced
provide and maintain quad bikes that are safe
provide and maintain safe work practices relating to quad bike operation, and
provide employees with sufficient training and supervision so that they can work
safely with quad bikes.
5. Registration and licensing
Off road requirements quad bikes used strictly on private property do not need
to be registered and their operators do not have to hold a valid drivers licence.
On road requirements quad bikes used on road, even for short periods, must be
registered and on road operators must hold a valid car licence (ie Learners
Permits are not sufficient.)
Primary producers may apply to VicRoads to register a quad bike as a Primary
Producer Special Vehicle. VicRoads regulations state that Primary Producer Special
Vehicles can be registered to a primary producer who only uses the vehicle
in connection with his business as a primary producer, or
for travel between his premises and the premises of another primary producer
to carry out business. The other business must be within a radius of 25 kilometres
from the residence of the vehicles operator so the vehicle can be used on the land
of that primary producer.
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