Rural Women New Zealand members are proactive when it comes to farm safety, especially regarding quad bike safety. For us it goes much further than wearing helmets.
If the quad bike is not maintained to a safe standard, the risk of injury or worse is increased, no matter how much training someone has had and that they are wearing the correct protective equipment.
It is the responsibility of all involved in the business to ensure that a quad or any machinery is safe to use. Before use, do a quick walk around a machine for a basic check of your quad, car, bike or tractor. This action could prevent an incident and save a lifetime of pain and suffering for the rider, their family and community.
For quads there is a useful check system TCLOC, which should be done regularly, preferably daily:
T Tyres, wheels, wheel nuts:
- -Are tyres at the correct pressure? Find out the correct pressure.
- -Do the tyres have sufficient tread? Are they damaged?
- -Are rims in good condition?
- -Are wheel nuts tightened correctly?
- -Do all control levers work e.g. 4WD/2WD, foot brakes and hand brakes?
- -Do you know what all controls do and how to use them?
L Lights and electrics:
- -Are all lights and electrics in working order?
- -Do all the switches do what they are supposed to?
- -Where are the battery and fuses on the machine?
O Oils and liquids:
- -Check oil, brake fluid, fuel levels in the machine.
- -Do you know how to check these? Is there sufficient fuel in the tank?
C Chassis and suspension:
- -Check the chassis condition - no rust or damaged framework.
- -Check for suspicious leaks.
- -Wash the machine regularly so dirt and muck does not build up covering faults.
- -Do you understand how the suspension system in the machine works?
After a service it’s advisable to check that all work needed has been done. Provide a check list of your requirements to ensure the work is complete if necessary.
Simple checks and maintenance ensure machinery runs more safely and efficiently and helps prevent accident and injury
For more tips see: WorkSafe New Zealand’s quad bike safety information.
For further details please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
Ph: 027 428 3884