Young are most at risk of ATV mishaps – HSE
ALL-TERRAIN vehicles have killed eleven people over the past 10 years. They have seriously injured many more.
"Young people are particularly at risk," Frank Lindsay, the HSEs Chief Agricultural Inspector, said at Smithfield FarmTech.
"They like to drive ATVs, and they like to drive them fast around corners and on difficult terrain. It is that sort of misuse which is showing up in the injury statistics."
The HSEs first step to reduce ATV-related accidents was the FarmTech launch of its safety video, A Ridge Too Far
Top of the HSE message list is the need for:
• Wearing proper protective headgear where there is a risk of the ATV overturning.
• Proper training in the safe use of the ATV and with associated equipment.
• Regular maintenance.
At the video launch, estate worker Philip Worth explained how proper training might have prevented an accident which resulted in a splintered elbow, two months off work and the onset of arthritis.
• The HSE is researching the possibility of equipping ATVs with a roll bar to protect operators in an overturn. *