Welcome to the Top Rider ATV and Quad Bike Safety Course Website.
Quad bikes, also known as All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) are widely used by farmers, local governments, search and rescue teams, recreation clubs and for adventure tourism due to their adaptability, low running cost and easy operation. They can be an important and useful addition to many workplaces. While they are a useful piece of equipment, there have been more than 140 quad bike deaths on Australian farms since 2000.
According to a report by Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, In 2010 there was a total of nine quad bike related deaths and an additional 43 non‐fatal quad bike related injury events reported in the Australian print media in 2010. The report highlights that rollovers are a leading causal event commonly associated with quad bike related death. Rollovers are associated with more deaths (50%) than non‐fatal incidents (36%).
Inexperienced riders are at particular risk, assuming that the four wheels offer better stability than a two-wheeled motorbike. However, at moderate speeds and especially when turning or driving across slopes, this isn’t the case. Quad bikes are prone to tipping and rolling due to their high centre of gravity.
What are my Responsibilities as an Employer?
Clause 136 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 requires employers to ensure the safety of their employees when using plant, including ATVs. In particular, plant is not used unless the operator has received adequate information, training and supervision, and that it is used only for the purpose for which it is designed.