CALLS for urgent safety regulations to protect quad bike riders are growing louder after a Woolsthorpe teenager was left with a suspected skull fracture.
Nanjing Night Net

Slater and Gordon Lawyers is calling on the state government to act in response to a growing number of deaths and injuries involving quad bikes.

Koroit police are investigating the accident and a17-year-old youth has been interviewed following the accident on January 31.

It is believed a 16-year-old boy suffered a suspected fractured skull. He was taken to Melbourne’s The Alfred hospital and has since returned to the Warrnambool district.

Two youths were understood to have been riding on the vehicle when one fell off on an Emmersons Road property north of Woolsthorpe about 7.45pm. The injured teen struck his head on the ground.

Warrnambool personal injury lawyer Cameron Tout said government intervention was long overdue.

He said authorities and manufacturers often falsely attributed the rising number of accidents to a lack of riding experience.

“The death of farmer in Forrest last year from a quad bike rollover demonstrates that this type of accident can happen to anyone,’’ Mr Tout said.

“This particular tragedy involved a very safety conscience farmer who was subsequently found to be riding the bike correctly and was simply unlucky that the bike rolled over on top of him.

“Surely, just as dangerous work equipment is required to be provided with appropriate safety guards to avoid injuries that can result from a worker’s momentary lapse in concentration, the government should legislate to require roll over protection on quad bikes.”

Mr Tout has backed pushes by FarmSafe Australia and WorkSafe to increase farm safety awareness and reduce farm deaths and injuries.

“How many more accidents will we see before something is done about the safety of quad bikes?’’

“For workers and their families affected by workplace injury, the devastating consequences often last a lifetime.’’

“A greater awareness of safety on farms in paramount to ensuring farmers, their families and workers can operate in a safe environment,” he said.

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