5 March 2018

WorkSafe targets quadbikes – without protection, your whole farm is riding on it

Australia’s leading voice for famers urges Victorian farmers to get quadbike protection now as Worksafe inspector’s ramp up on-farm safety inspections this month.

The Victorian Farmers Federation President David Jochinke warns, “Victorian farmers have had access to quadbike rebates for over 16 months, through the VFF with funding from WorkSafe”.

“WorkSafe are now ramping up farm safety inspections this month with inspectors adding quadbikes to the safety audit checklist. These inspector’s will be assessing the tasks that quadbikes perform on-farm and the terrain they are operate in to determine risk of roll over”, said Mr Jochinke.

If WorkSafe inspectors find the tasks and terrain performed by a quadbike are not safe, then the farm owner may be issued with an improvement notice.

The VFF administered quadbike protection rebate program has to-date provided 3059 farmers with rebates either for purchasing a safer option or to have rollover protection devices fitted to existing bikes.

Mr Jochinke said, “Through the rebate program, we have allocated nearly $2.75million in funds to farmers in Victoria however we know there are many farmers out there still riding quadbikes without protection”.

“With about 20% of farm deaths occurring each year due to quadbike rollovers, we can only encourage farmers to consider any means to reduce this risk”.

“As farmers we have to do everything we can to reduce the appalling rate of death and serious injury across our industry”.

“Assessing how we can reduce risks of quadbike related injuries is just one easy step we can all take as farmers to protect our families and workers”.   The rebate program is ongoing until September 2018. To find out more and to apply for a quadbike rebate please call 1300 882 833 or go to www.bequadsafe.com.au

Media Contacts:
David Jochinke, VFF President, 0427 834 524

About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation is an active, powerful lobby group dedicated to the interests of farmers and making a difference to communities. With a strong record of successful political and industry advocacy and leadership, the VFF has generated substantial benefits for the agriculture sector since its formation in 1979.

The VFF consists of eight commodity groups; dairy (United Dairyfarmers of Victoria), livestock, grains, horticulture, chicken meat, eggs, pigs and Flowers Victoria – and expert committees representing; water, land management, agricultural and veterinarian chemicals, farm business and rural development and workplace relations.

VFF members lead each of these groups and committees with the support of Melbourne and regionally based staff. As a team we provide the power to effectively influence all levels of government on the wide range of issues that impact on modern farming. The VFF has approximately 200 branches across the state.

Our vision is to create an environment for farmers that enables profitable, safe and sustainable production, within a community that values and respects the farm sector.