Study aims to maximise safe use of ATVs

Filed under: Quad Bikes News — Diane on June 24, 2010

A recent inspection of All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Scotland by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced worrying results, showing that people are not following basic safety rules.

The spot checks, carried out between 7th and 18th June, were part of an effort to curb the number of accidents involving ATVs, and found that an alarming number of riders had been ignoring basic safety guides.

The checks focussed on correct vehicle maintenance, adequate head protection, and risk assessments to ensure farmers are protecting their workers.

Of the 58 farms visited, 62 per cent were not using ATVs in a safe manner, and 36 warning notices were issued by the Scottish HSE – 25 for riding ATVs without the appropriate training, 10 for not using the correct head protection and a solitary notice for poor ATV maintenance.

Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore MP expressed his concern:

“Many incidents involving ATVs, like so many other farming-related incidents that can result in death or injury, are easily preventable if simple measures are taken.”

The Director for the Scottish HSE, Paul Stollard, commented:

“These disappointing results of the inspection initiative show that many farmers still aren’t taking the risks seriously. At least they now have the opportunity to put things right.

“Wearing a helmet, or checking your vehicle’s tyre pressure, brakes and throttle before each ATV ride costs just minutes, whereas failing to do so could cost lives.”

To maximise safety, buy All-Terrain Vehicles from a reputable supplier who will ensure you understand and know the safety guidelines and can offer a regular service when needed.

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