The VFF has called for improved farm safety following a spate of quad bike accidents, including eight fatalities in five months across the country.
VFF vice-president Brett Hosking said farmers needed to remember the dangers of their profession.
‘‘Almost a third of workplace deaths in Victoria happen on farms, even though the agriculture industry only employs three per cent of Victorian workers, which is an alarming statistic,’’ Mr Hosking said.
‘‘Quad bikes are the biggest cause of death on Australian farms and over half of those are due to the bikes rolling over — crushing or asphyxiating the rider.
‘‘It’s a fact that goes unrecognised, and farmers need to be constantly reminded of the reality that we do a dangerous job that requires precaution.’’
The group has partnered with the Victorian Government to deliver a $6million quad bike safety rebate, allowing farmers to claim $600 to fit an operator protection device on their quad or $1200 to upgrade to a more secure vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle.
Launched in September, the program has seen more than $1.7million in rebates handed out, with the VFF approving an average of 50 applications a week.
■For more details on farmer eligibility and applications for the rebate program, go to: www.bequadsafe.com.au or phone the VFF on 1300 882 833.