News

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."

Topics:  quad bike accident


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Queens of the Stone Age, The xx to headline Splendour 2017

Queens of the Stone Age will headline Splendour in the Grass 2017.

LCD Soundsystem also playing three-day music festival at Byron in July.

Splendour tickets on sale this weekend for locals

Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Are you in the area allowed to purchase them?

Paul Capsis to reopen Brunswick Picture House

Cabaret performer Paul Capsis will perform at Lismore City Hall on December 29.

Cabaret star brings back his latest solo show

Local Partners

MKR villain claims producers ‘blackmailed’ him

AFTER being branded the biggest jerk on My Kitchen Rules, Josh has hit back at the show with explosive claims about being “blackmailed” by producers.

Queens of the Stone Age, The xx to headline Splendour 2017

Queens of the Stone Age will headline Splendour in the Grass 2017.

LCD Soundsystem also playing three-day music festival at Byron in July.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: Bride has regrets after break-up

Susan was having second thoughts about ending her relationship with Sean.

Sean's bride Susan was clearly having second thoughts.

‘I feel sh*t’: Agonising Married At First Sight split

Vanessa breaks down during her miserable break-up with Andy over fish and chips.

IT’S the MAFS break-up we knew would eventually happen.

Splendour tickets on sale this weekend for locals

Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Are you in the area allowed to purchase them?

The Lyrical, beyond the 'F' word

Roots, Hip-Hop and Reggae artist Karl Smith, also known as The Lyrical.

Hiphop artist brings his latest music to the area

Paul Capsis to reopen Brunswick Picture House

Cabaret performer Paul Capsis will perform at Lismore City Hall on December 29.

Cabaret star brings back his latest solo show

Luxury hotel expands $400m water park development

Developer to push on with second stage of massive new water park

Dalwood waterfall up for sale

Two people have died at Dalwood Falls, Ballina.

How would you like to own your very own waterfall?

It's official: Byron Bay unaffordable

MILLIONAIRES ROW: The Housing Commission house in Keats St, Byron Bay which sold at auction on Saturday for $1.65 million.

Buying a home in Bay Bay is a dream too far for some

Northern Rivers vacancy rates slip backwards

LITTLE ROOM: Vacancy rates on rental properties have dropped by .5% in the Northern Rivers to just 1.1%.

Northern Rivers rental housing shortage beats Sydney

Coast home luring interstate buyers sold

PRIZED POSITION: Blue clip location, peaceful surroundings, spacious living with swimming pool, tennis court on 4562sq
m

The property was described as a 'Queenslander with Hamptons style'

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!