Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Farm safety
GROUND COVER FARM SAFETY ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES 10 Lack of training an all-terrain hazard FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE JUMPING ON TO FOUR-WHEELED MOTORCYCLES IN EVER-INCREASING NUMBERS -- WITH TOO LITTLE THOUGHT FOR THE RISKS ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES (ATVS), or four-wheel motorcycles, are popular with teenage riders and older farmers alike – agricultural enterprises now buy about 9000 new ones a year. Since about 97 per cent of people riding them on farms have never received any formal training in their operation, it is not surprising they have emerged as one of the greatest farm safety risks. The only Australian study to document the prevalence of self-reported injury in adolescents indicates that in the age group 15 to 19, 92 per cent of riders of two-wheeled motorcycles and 50 per cent of riders of ATVs have incurred an injury while riding in the previous two years. Between July 2000 and November 2005, 50 of the 73 ATV-related fatalities in Australia were agricultural. On average there are 10 farm-related ATV deaths per year. As a result, the Australian agricultural industry has united to develop and implement Safe Operation of ATVs and ATUs on Australian Farms – an Industry Strategy A little training can go a long way -- particularly for high-risk teenagers.
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