NSW Farmers has welcomed news the NSW Government is offering free helmets and free safety training to farmers in an effort to drive down quad bike accidents.
The NSW Government has announced the additional steps to encourage more farmers to take part in education programs and the new initiatives are in addition to existing safety rebates administered by NSW Farmers.
NSW Farmers chief executive officer Matt Brand said any effort to improve quad bike safety was always welcome.
‘‘Sadly we’ve seen five people lose their lives in quad bike accidents in NSW this year alone and far too many people injured.
‘‘Quad bikes are often an essential piece of equipment on farms but they’re not toys,’’ Mr Brand said.
‘‘Users need to show just as much care riding one as they would any on-road vehicle.’’
NSW Farmers is also calling for a five star safety rating system for quad bikes, similar to ratings given to cars outlining safety features.
Farmers who take part in approved training courses will receive a helmet valued about $120.
■For more information, go to: www.safework.nsw.gov.au