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

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Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, University of Sydney, Moree 2400 NSW, Australia
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University Centre for Rural Health North Coast, University of Sydney; Lismore 2480 NSW, Australia
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Academic Editor: Raphael Grzebieta
Safety 2016, 2(2), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety2020012
Received: 6 December 2015 / Revised: 7 April 2016 / Accepted: 12 April 2016 / Published: 2 May 2016
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. https://doi.org/10.3390/safety2020012

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Lower T, Monaghan N, Rolfe M. Quads, Farmers 50+ Years of Age, and Safety in Australia. Safety. 2016; 2(2):12. https://doi.org/10.3390/safety2020012

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Lower, Tony, Noeline Monaghan, and Margaret Rolfe. 2016. "Quads, Farmers 50+ Years of Age, and Safety in Australia" Safety 2, no. 2: 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/safety2020012

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