SafeWork NSW today launched an awareness campaign across regional NSW urging farmers to participate in the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

The $2 million program encourages and supports land managers to adopt a range of harm prevention strategies to protect their workers, family members and themselves.

As part of the Program, SafeWork NSW is offering rebates of up to $500 to implement safety measures aimed at reducing quad bike tragedies and injuries on farms, including helmets, operator protective devices, side-by-side vehicles, and training.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said the awareness campaign, which features print and radio advertisements in regional NSW, would run over the next three months.

“Quad bikes are a leading cause of death on Australian properties with 220 deaths since 2001 and thousands more people seriously injured,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Every fatality has an immeasurable effect on families, friends and communities and SafeWork NSW is committed to doing something about it.

“The Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program has been well received by the farming community and through this campaign we hope to encourage more farmers to access the rebate so that we can get closer to achieving our target of no quad bike-related injuries or deaths in NSW by 2022.”

Mr Dunphy added that the application process was simple.

“To be eligible for the rebate, simply talk to us at a safety event, request a free safety advisory visit then purchase an eligible safety solution and complete the rebate application form at nswfarmers.org.au ,” he said.

The rebate is available until 30 June 2017 or funds are expended.

Tocal College is also delivering 100 quad bike-training courses across NSW as part of the Program.

For further information on the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program visit safework.nsw.gov.au or call 13 10 50.

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