IT DOESN'T take much for a day of festive fun on the farm to turn into tragedy when safety is not front of mind.
Top Two Motorcycles owner Peter Lippi is urging everyone to take care when operating quad bikes these holidays.
"Quad bikes are no different to any other motorcycle when it comes to personal protective equipment," Mr Lippi said.
"Always wear a helmet when operating a quad bike."
This comes as Employment Minister Bill shorten released key findings on what needs to be done to improve quad bike safety in Australia.
Among the changes proposed is the need for crush protection devices to be attached to quad bikes.
The proposals come after years of debate in regional and rural communities about the merits of roll cages and other safety devices.
Mr Shorten said the designers and manufacturers of quad bikes needed to improve design to minimise rolling, as well as create better roll cages.
"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.
"For the users, the responsibilities are to wear a helmet, not to carry passengers and not to let children ride quad bikes."
With about 20% of deaths involving children less than 16 years of age, particularly in regional areas, Safe Work Australia will liaise with state and territory regulators to institute a ban on children under 16 years operating a quad bike of full size in a workplace.
"Manufacturers already have explicit warnings on full size quad bikes regarding age restriction recommendations, but we want to take this one step further and formally ban the use of full size quad bikes in workplaces, including farms, for anyone less than 16 years," Mr Shorten said.
Honda's ATV Safety handbook highlights the importance of proper training before operating a quad bike, and shows drivers how to ensure their ride is as safe as possible.
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