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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Quad bike death highlights need for improved safety

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Tuesday, March 08, 2016

    Quad bike death highlights need for improved safety

    The tragic death of an 18-year-old man in a quad bike incident this week in southern Queensland highlights the need to improve quad bike safety, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said.

    Ms Grace said the fatality - which occurred in Nindigully south of St George on Sunday - reinforced the importance of the State Government’s Statewide Plan for Improving Quad Bike Safety, released last week.

    “Over the last five years in Queensland there have been round 1500 quad bike-related hospitalisations,” she said.

    “Quad bikes have played a role in the deaths of 69 people in Queensland in the last fifteen years and that’s clearly way too many.

    “That’s why we’ve launched a statewide quad bike safety plan aimed squarely at cutting the number of fatalities and injuries on these vehicles.

    “It seeks to create a safety culture through education and awareness as the immediate first step toward improving safety outcomes for quad bike users and their passengers.

    “The plan has been developed with input from ten government agencies, and in consultation with industry associations.”

    Ms Grace said all quad bike users should exercise caution and follow a series of basic rules in order to stay safe.

    “Always wear a helmet and never let children ride adult sized quad bikes,” she said.

    “Never carry passengers on quads which aren’t designed for it and take a rider training course.”

    The Statewide Plan for Improving Quad Bike Safety in Queensland can be downloaded from worksafe.qld.gov.au.

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