Many quad bike fatalities in the UK have been caused by head injuries. Helmets would have prevented most, if not all, of these deaths. You should always wear a suitable helmet when riding a quad bike.
The long seat on a quad bike allows operators to shift their body weight backwards and forwards for different slope conditions, a technique known as ‘active’ riding. It is not for carrying passengers.
To help reduce the risks:
- carry out safety checks and maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, eg regularly check tyre pressures, brakes and throttle;
- secure loads on racks and make sure they are not over loaded and evenly balanced;
- always read and follow the owner’s manual;
- stick to planned routes, where possible, and walk new routes if necessary to check for hidden obstructions, hollows or other hazards;
- take extra care with trailed or mounted equipment and understand how they affect stability;
- make sure all riders receive adequate training.
Never carry a child as a passenger; it is illegal and will reduce your ability to control the ATV. Children under 13 years old are prohibited from using an ATV at work. Over-13s should only ride ATVs – of an appropriate size and power – after formal training on a low-power ATV.
4R Reassurance will facilitate Quad Bike Training for your staff.