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Safework NSW Quad Bike Opd's Fact Sheet


The NSW quad bike safety improvement program offers support to NSW farmers to undertake harm prevention activities associated with on-farm use of quad bikes.

The program includes a funds limited, small business quad bike safety rebate and training package to reduce deaths and injuries on NSW farms. 

OPDs (Operator Protection Devices, also known as Crush Protection Devices) are an engineered device that may be fitted to a quad bike to minimise the risk of a person being trapped beneath a quad bike in the event of a rollover.

Over 60 per cent of quad bike fatalities are due to a rollover.

We support farmers fitting OPDs. Research has shown OPDs offer a net safety benefit in low speed roll-over crashes typical of most on-farm use.

There are currently two commercially available OPDs: the Quadbar and ATV LifeGuard OPDs.

For more information on the suitability of your vehicle and how you will use it, you should contact the OPD suppliers.

You can also check out the testing done by transport and road safety researchers from the University of New South Wales here


To stay safe while using a quad bike, make sure that you:

  • -       choose the right vehicle for the task
  • -       do a safe riding course
  • -       always wear a helmet
  • -       consider fitting operator protective devices
  • -       use only suitable attachments
  • -       don’t carry passengers
  • -       maintain vehicles in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions
  • -       don’t let kids ride adult-sized quad bikes

Source: SafeWork NSW

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