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Trans-Tasman approach suggested to tackle quad bike safety – In the News

Posted in In the News on July 17th, 2017.

Researchers in New Zealand and Australia examining the number of quad bike fatalities in both countries say there should be a combined approach to tackling safety issues.

The study, published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, examined the coronial files from 101 quad-related fatalities: 69 in Australia and 32 in New Zealand. They found the fatality rates were similar between countries, and most involved males, occurred on farms and about half were work-related.

University of Otago’s Dr Rebbecca Liley told Newstalk ZB the results supported a “harmonised approach” between the two countries, where prevention efforts were co-ordinated and could join forces to advocate engineering improvements from the vehicles’ offshore manufacturers.

Most of the injuries involved a ‘rollover’, but while a 2014 report recommended roll bars, no new safety measures have been enforced.

The research was covered by local media, including:

NZ Herald: Quad bike deaths similar across Tasman
Newstalk ZB: Trans-Tasman approach needed to tackle quad bike safety
TVNZ: NZ and Australia have eerily similar quad bike stats
Newshub: NZ, Australia have similar quad bike stats

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