230 quad fatalities in Australia over 15 years

Quad bikes have caused many fatalities across the country.
Quad bikes have caused many fatalities across the country. Contributed

WITH 380,000 quad bikes in operation across Australia, it's not surprising they have resulted in more than 230 fatalities across the country over the past 15 years.

They are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities on Australian farms and have resulted in 7900 hospitalisations between 2003 and 2011, with the majority occurring on private property.

Of the 230 fatalities, 69 (about 30%) occurred in Queensland, which is the highest fatality rate across all Australian jurisdictions.

Of the 69 Queensland fatalities, 42 were recreational incidents.

For example, an operator falling off a quad bike while on a hunting expedition.

The remaining 27 incidents were work- related. For example, an operator losing control of a quad bike while mustering.

About 20% of the fatalities were children under the age of 16.

Queensland accounts for about one-quarter of these injuries and fatalities, which is the highest percentage across all jurisdictions.

Queensland consistently has the highest number of annual hospital admissions compared to other states.

Topics:  fatalities quad bikes queensland

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