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Victim calls for quad bike training

Warren Morgan is recovering from a quad bike accident.
Warren Morgan is recovering from a quad bike accident. Warren Lynam

THE victim of a quad bike accident at Conondale has called for the introduction of compulsory training to reduce injuries and deaths.

Warren Morgan was spraying weeds on the cattle farm where he worked on September 1 last year when he reversed the quad bike over a tree root.

The quad bike, which had a 60L spray container on the rear, toppled over, throwing him head first into an adjacent billabong.

"I cracked my head on something in the billabong. I walked around and thought my head's a bit sore and put my hand up and it was covered in blood."

Unable to use his water-logged two-way radio to call for help, he was forced to walk 10 minutes to a roadside to flag down help.

He was eventually taken by ambulance to Nambour General Hospital where he was put under anaesthetic while medical staff cleaned his wound and inserted 17 staples.

Should quad bike training be mandatory?

He has suffered short term memory loss since which he believes could be the result of concussion and is on worker's compensation.

Mr Morgan said he would like to see training courses made compulsory for quad bikes.

"You do training courses for chainsaw operators and forklifts. Why should quad bikes be any different?" he said.

He said people needed to be taught about how unstable quad bikes were and how to take proper safety precautions, such as wearing full-face helmets and using baffles to stabilise liquids.

 

Warren Morgan, of Yandina, needed 17 staples in a head wound after a quad bike accident on a Conondale farm.
Warren Morgan, of Yandina, needed 17 staples in a head wound after a quad bike accident on a Conondale farm. Contributed

He said quad bikes were deceptive in their look and many people mistakenly believed they were safe because of their shape and four wheels.

"As soon as you put a wheel down a hole, these things are unstable," he said.

Safe Work Australia figures show 86 people have been killed in quad bike accident during in the five years to last year.

Seven people - including two children - have been killed on quad bikes so far this year.

Peter Cooper, of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, supported Mr Morgan's call for quad bike training.

"Quad bikes are inherently dangerous and people need to be aware of the dangers," he said.

"I think quad bikes and young people don't mix, as the statistics show.

"I think Warren's idea that there should be some training is an excellent idea and I'd probably go a step further and say you should have some sort of performance certificate to say you can operate a quad bike."

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