The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) student researcher Jordan Walker wants to better understand the use of quadbikes for spraying on the farm. The rise in quadbike related fatalities in Australia last year, combined with minimal quadbike spraying research in Australia, makes this new research particularly vital.
For many Victorian farmers, the quadbike is vital to everyday farm operations, with their use in tasks such as mustering, transport, hunting and spraying. However, whilst quadbikes can be incredibly helpful on the farm, they can also be a dangerous vehicle that has the potential to cause injury.
NCFH is seeking farmers and agricultural workers around Victoria to participate in an online survey. The survey will only take 5 – 10 minutes, with questions about your farm, quadbike use and agrichemical use.
The Quadbike Spraying and Injury Surveillance project (QuadSIS) aims to help researchers understand:
- The extent to which quadbikes are used for spraying on the farm.
- The types of agrichemicals applied using quadbikes.
- Whether spraying on a quadbike creates increased risks that may lead to injury.
Participation in the QuadSIS project will help inform more targeted education into how farmers can use their quadbike to safely apply agrichemicals without putting their health and safety at risk.
The survey closes on the 31st August 2021.
For more information, please contact Jordan:
National Centre for Farmer Health
Ph: 03 5551 8002