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Alert 6 - Safety points to consider when using quad bikes

Employers who own and operate quad bikes should be aware of the hazards and potential safety risks.

Following some recent accidents while operating quad bikes, a draft Code of Practice is currently being developed by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and distributors relating to the ‘Use of All Terrain Vehicles in the Workplace’.

Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) has also formed a working party comprising of OHS Regulators and industry representatives to look at strategies to improve quad bike safety within the workplace.

Who is affected?

Employers and employees who use quad bikes in the workplace.

Safety points to consider:

  • Certified rider training should be given to anyone who will be riding the quad bike prior to its use and should be provided or arranged at the point of sale. Reading a manual or viewing an instructional video should be done in conjunction with certified training to enhance that training.  Further information about certified Rider Training Organisations can be provided by Comcare upon request.
  • Quad bikes can roll easily, especially on loose terrain or any area where hazards may be present.
  • Ensure that the quad bike is used within the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Inexperienced riders are at particular risk.  Ensure that inexperienced riders have received the proper certified training before riding a quad bike.
  • The capacity to carry or tow a load is limited. Refer to the Owners Operations Manual to determine whether towing or carrying a load is permitted  If so, ensure it is done within the limits and capabilities of both the machine and the operator and that particular care is taken over uneven or sloping land.
  • Helmets are compulsory quad bike apparel.
  • Ensure quad bikes are properly serviced.
  • Never carry passengers on a standard (single seat) quad bike.
  • Never allow a person under 16 years of age to operate a full size quad bike.
  • Ensure that quad bikes are not ridden whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Risk assessments, where applicable, should be undertaken prior to operation.

More information

For further information please call Comcare's Health and Safety Assistance Section on 1300 366 979.

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Page last updated: 04 Nov 2013