There’s a push for quad bikes roll over protection*. Is this tractors, all over again, or something different?
The scenario looks similar. Both agricultural machines. Used by mainly small businesses. Probably with long-term ownership/low turnover. Used in a variety of terrain. Sometimes they roll over. Sometimes they trap people. Is there something that makes it different?
Australia was decades behind Sweden on roll over protection on tractors. It worked in Sweden. With high levels of roll over protection Sweden achieved very large reductions in accident rates**. The delay in action on tractor safety in Australia proved to be a monumental failure of government. It resulted in a devastating legacy of injury and death and a very difficult problem to sort out later with retrofits.
Perhaps quad bikes is the same scenario? Alternatively, could an all in one solution be the wrong fit? If so, let’s discover the way forward. Or if the solution is proven, simple and straightforward like roll over protection for tractors, then we should get on with it.
* Image from the ABC “ACCC Warns of Quad Bike Safety” 1 April 2013 Online
** Reynolds, S.J. & Groves, W. 2000, ‘Effectiveness of Roll-Over Protective Structures in Reducing Farm Tractor Fatalities’, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, vol. 18, no. 4S, pp. 63-69.