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Safety 2016, 2(2), 12;

Quads, Farmers 50+ Years of Age, and Safety in Australia

Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, University of Sydney, Moree 2400 NSW, Australia
University Centre for Rural Health North Coast, University of Sydney; Lismore 2480 NSW, Australia
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Academic Editor: Raphael Grzebieta
Received: 6 December 2015 / Revised: 7 April 2016 / Accepted: 12 April 2016 / Published: 2 May 2016
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Quads are the leading cause of fatal non-intentional injuries on Australian farms. Due to normal age-related physiological and cognitive changes, farmers 50-years of age and above are at increased risk when using quads. This study identifies a non-statistically significant increasing trend for fatal quad incidents involving this cohort in Australia. It is contended that these vehicles are not “fit-for-purpose” for many typical agricultural tasks more broadly and that the ageing process further exacerbates these risks. Encouraging and promoting the use of more “fit-for-purpose” vehicles in the agricultural sector should be the primary focus of intervention approaches. Supplementing this, other approaches that reduce risks, specifically relating to rollovers, crush/asphyxiation and head injuries must be enacted. View Full-Text
Keywords: older farmers; injury; quads; ATV older farmers; injury; quads; ATV

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Lower, T.; Monaghan, N.; Rolfe, M. Quads, Farmers 50+ Years of Age, and Safety in Australia. Safety 2016, 2, 12.

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