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Hearts and minds on the line

The quad bike death toll climbed to 18 in 2012, while stakeholders continued to debate safety solutions.

Half the deaths involved rollovers and six happened at work.

The results of a discussion forum released in late December highlight the lack of consensus that has dogged the quad bike safety debate.

During the forum, manufacturers and industry continued to disagree with health and safety researchers, engineers, unions and others about the use of crush protection devices to reduce the death toll.

Manufacturers and industry favoured training, improved rider behaviour and helmets over the devices.

But the tide may be turning. The federal Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, has noted that since the forum, some manufactures are now offering the devices.  

“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,” he said in a media statement in late December.

For more details, visit the forum’s report, the minister  and Safe Work Australia.

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