How to do a pre-start check
[Music playing in the background.]
[TEXT: How to do a pre-start check: Quad bikes]
[A plainly dressed woman speaks directly to the camera. Behind her are shots of people riding quad bikes in a range of different farm settings.]
Voice over: This is an explanation of the safety issues an operator should check before using a quad bike.
[Close-up of someone using a tyre gauge to check tyre pressure.]
Voice over: Check the tyre pressure.
[A woman is kneeling down next to a quad bike, using a compressor to inflate a tyre on the vehicle.]
Voice over: Make sure that you understand the tyre pressure recommended by the manufacturer.
[A shot appears of a warning plate on a quad bike. The plate warns the rider of the risk of death or serious injury from improper tyre pressure or overloading. The plate also indicates maximum weight capacity and correct tyre pressures.]
Voice over: It’s on the tyre or in your manual.
[A woman is kneeling down next to a quad bike, checking a tyre. A close-up shows somebody using a tyre gauge.]
Voice over: Make sure that you check the tyres when they are cold and that you have a tyre gauge that measures low PSI.
[A gloved hand is used to wipe away debris from the tyre tread.]
Voice over: You should check the tread of the tyre for wear.
[A woman is kneeling down next to a quad bike, inspecting the tyre and rims.]
Voice over: You should also be on the lookout for tyre cuts, nicks and damage. Tyre rims can also show signs of wear or damage. Look for rim cracks, bends or other signs that may affect stability.
[A woman is sitting on a quad bike, checking the throttle and brake controls. She rotates the handlebars.]
Voice over: Make sure that the throttle and brake controls move freely and don't bind. Check them with the handlebars on full lock in each direction.
[A close-up shot shows someone checking the throttle and brake cables on a quad bike.]
Voice over: Check the throttle cables for signs of fraying and kinks and do the same for brake cables if your quad bike has them.
[Rear shot of a person riding a quadbike down a dirt farm road. The quad bike has rollover protection fitted and the operator is wearing a helmet.]
Voice over: If you have drum brakes, make sure that they are not clogged with mud or other debris.
[A close-up shot shows a quad bike’s handlebars in good condition with grips on both ends.
Voice over: The handlebars shouldn't be bent and they should have grips on the end.
[A close-up shot shows a gloved hand testing the kill switch on the quad bike handlebars.]
Voice over: The kill switch should be working.
[A close-up shot shows a hand wiping dirt and mud off a safety warning label on a quad bike.]
Voice over: The warning label should still be visible and not illegible by UV damage or mud.
[A woman wearing a helmet is standing in front of a quad bike, checking the headlights, which are shining brightly.
Voice over: Lights should be functioning, should not have broken lenses or sharp edges…
[A close-up shot shows someone’s hand checking the quad bike battery is securely mounted.]
Voice over: …and the battery should be secured in its mount.
[A montage of close-up shots show quad brake hoses being inspected by hand to check for any fluid leaks.]
Voice over: You should also do a visual check for brake fluid for any quad bikes with hydraulic brakes and visually check the hoses for any leaks of oil or fuel.
[A woman is kneeling behind a quad bike and checking a quad bike frame with her gloved hand for signs of cracks or corrosion.]
Voice over: You should check the frame for signs of cracks or extreme corrosion.
[A quad bike is sitting stationary, covered with dirt and mud.]
Voice over: Quad bike frames that are covered in mud and dung for a long time may corrode quicker.
[A quad bike’s racks are being visually inspected and examined by hand for cracks or damage.]
Voice over: Check the racks for cracks - particularly around the mounting points.
[A woman walks around a quad bike checking the frame is intact and in good condition.]
Voice over: The frame cover should not have breaks or pieces missing.
[A quad bike’s seat is being examined with gloved hands to make sure it is secure.]
Voice over: The seat should be secure with no sharp edges.
[A person’s boot is being used to check the grip on the foot peg of a quad bike.]
Voice over: Foot pegs should not be bent and should have a non-slip surface.
[A key has been left in the ignition of a quad bike. A close-up shot shows it being removed by hand.]
Voice over: Keys should not be left in the quad bike when it is not being used.
[A man is closing a small farm gate and walks over to climb onto a quad bike. A man in overalls walks over and holds his hand up in a ‘stop’ gesture.]
Voice over: This is to prevent unauthorized persons, particularly visitors and children, being able to operate it.
[A long shot shows a quad bike being driven down a grassed track between rows of grapevines. The quad bike is fitted with roll over protection and the operator is wearing a helmet.]
Voice over: Serious injury and fatalities involving children and quad bike usage is very high on farms.
[A bright yellow sign reading ‘Don’t Use. Maintenance Required’ is being attached to a quad bike. The keys and helmet are then removed from the vehicle by hand.]
Voice over: Finally, you need to make sure that any issues that are identified are fixed as soon as possible.
[Two men are standing next to a quad bike. One man removes the seat from the quad bike.]
Voice over: This is a critical step that is often missed on farms and it's easy to get busy and forget.
[A long shot shows a person riding a quad bike around a gated enclosure of cattle. The operator dismounts and shuts the open gate behind them.]
Voice over: You are key to safety on your farm. Doing a pre-start check is a big part of taking steps towards safety.
[The woman narrating the video is standing in front of a plain background, speaking directly to the camera. A range of printed WorkSafe quad bike resources appear next to her.]
Voice over: WorkSafe has some helpful resources for you to better understand the hazards associated with quad bike use.
[TEXT: For more information, call 1800 136 089.]