Quad bike OPDs fact sheet

OPDs (also known as Crush Protection Devices) are an engineered device that may be fitted to a quad bike to minimise the risk of a person being trapped beneath a quad bike in the
event of a rollover*

Over 60 per cent of quad bike fatalities are due to rollover.

SafeWork NSW supports farmers fitting OPDs. Research has shown that such devices can offer a safety benefit when used for lower speed farming activities where riders are at risk
of serious injury due to rollover.

There are two commercially available operator protective devices: the Quadbar Flexi (supercedes the Quad Bar) and ATV Lifeguard. For more information on the suitability of
your vehicle and how you will use it, you should contact the OPD suppliers.

You can also check out the testing done by the University of New South Wales, Transport and Road Safety here.

Quadbar and Lifeguard fitted on quad bike.

Next steps

To stay safe while using a quad bike, make sure that you:

  • choose the right vehicle for the task
  • do a safe riding course
  • always wear a helmet
  • consider fitting operator protective devices
  • use only suitable attachments
  • don’t carry passengers
  • maintain vehicles in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions
  • don’t let kids ride adult-sized quad bikes

For more information, call us on 13 10 50.

*Based on research conducted by University of New South Wales Transport and Road Safety, 2015.

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