Quad courses to reach over 450 farmers

Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Over 400 farmers and workers in NSW are hoped to be reached this year through the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

Since the program was launched in June 2016 it has delivered valuable quad bike safety skills to nearly 600 people.

The safety raining courses are being delivered through the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Tocal College.

NSW DPI Tocal College principal Darren Bayley said over the next 12 months they hope to run 75 courses across the state, and reach significant numbers in western NSW at Nyngan, Gilgandra, Dubbo and Trangie later this year.

“We can deliver these courses anywhere in the state based on demand. So if there is demand from farmers or people in the industry in the central west, then we’ll be happy to deliver,” he said.

According to the latest Australian Farm Deaths & Injuries Media Monitors Snapshot between January 1 – December 31, 2017, there were 11 quad bike deaths and 39 quad bike related injuries that year.

Mr Bayley said quad bike related deaths and injuries was still a major issue, which is why the courses were being conducted to help reduce the shocking statistics.

Mr Bayley said the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program aims to reach 450 people in the calendar year, which equates to 75 courses in the state.

“It’ll certainly keep us busy. But we’ve delivered 122 courses to 593 participants since the program began,” he said.

“And the feedback we’ve received from farmers and workers has been really positive.

“Those who have participated have also been willing to recommend the course to others.”

Mr Bayley said it was important to deliver these courses so that those who use quad bikes can improve their knowledge and safety skills when operating the machinery.

“Quad bikes remain a leading cause of deaths on-farm, and we’re serious about getting those statistics down,” he said.

To find out more please visit www.tocal.nsw.edu.au

Or visit SafeWork NSW.

Some of the topics covered in the course includes operational hazards, workplace health and safety, quad bike design and selection, basic maintenance, loading and unloading and advanced riding techniques using slopes and rough terrain.