UNIONS NSW have slammed NSW Farmers Association (NSWFA) industrial committee chair Peter Darley after he spoke against making rollover protection bars mandatory on quad bikes.

 

Mr Darley told NSWFA members at their annual conference earlier this month more research should be conducted on safety benefits before a decision was made.

Mr Darley is waiting on the University of New South Wales to finish its research, on behalf of WorkCover, into quad bikes in order to deliver a safety star rating .

“[It’s] reminiscent of those who fought the introduction of seatbelts in cars,” Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said.

Safe Work Australia said there had been 161 deaths caused by quad bike accidents between 2001 and 2012.

Just last weekend a five-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man died in separate quad bike accidents in Scone and Denman respectively.

“There is no question that the mandatory requirement for seatbelts in road vehicles has saved countless lives,” Mr Lennon said.

“Unions believe a similar move to mandate roll bars for quad bikes would similarly reduce fatalities, most of which occur in rural and regional communities.”

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