Teen survives rolling all-terrain vehicle

AN 18-year-old was injured after rolling a 700cc quad bike on a rural property at Mount Burrell, south of Uki, on Thursday.

The teen sustained a broken ankle after being thrown from the vehicle which was fitted with a roll bar.

He was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition at about 4pm.

This year, 15 people were killed while riding quad bikes.

Last week, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten reinforced the urgency needed to address the number of quad bike related deaths and injuries in Australia.

The minister released the key findings from the October discussion paper on quad bikes.

Minister Shorten said he could not sit by and watch people being killed and seriously injured by these vehicles.

"Everyone has a responsibility for quad safety, but it has to involve a safer product," he said.

"The designers and manufacturers of these vehicles must improve the design of quads so they are not prone to roll over and some form of crush protection device is required to reduce the potential for death and injury as a result of a crush or asphyxiation when they do roll.

"We are keen to bring manufacturers along with us in this process and it is pleasing to see that since our forum in October some quad bike manufacturers are now playing a positive role in offering to fit crush protection devices as a safety feature.

"For the users the responsibilities are to wear a helmet, not to carry passengers and not to let children ride quad bikes."

With around 20% of deaths involving children under 16 years of age, Safe Work Australia said it would work with state and territory regulators to institute a ban on children under 16 years operating a quad bike of full size in a workplace.

The Minister also announced a quad bike lifetime product stewardship program to be managed by Safe Work Australia and the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.
 


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