Loads & Tyres
[Music playing in the background.]
[TEXT: Understanding loads and tyres: Quad bikes]
[A plainly dressed woman speaks directly to the camera. Behind her is a shot of a quad bike parked on a grassy paddock. The quad bike is fitted with rollover protection. A helmet is sitting on top of the rollover protection bar. Next we see shots of a person riding the quad bike in a range of farm settings.]
Voice over: Quad bikes are a leading cause of death on Australian farms.
[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: All quad bikes have a maximum weight capacity.
[A quad bike rider climbs onto a quad bike. The quad bike has tanks strapped to the back of the vehicle. The quad bike has rollover protection and the rider is wearing a helmet.]
Voice over: This includes the weight of the rider and any cargo carried on the front and rear carry racks.
[Someone wearing protective gloves lifts the seat off the quad bike and turns it over. This shows the operator handbook enclosed in the underside of the seat.]
Voice over: Each carry rack has a working load limit that should not be exceeded. These limits are outlined in the operator handbook.
[A rear shot of a quad bike shows a tall tank strapped to the back of the vehicle.]
Voice over: A high load can raise the centre of gravity of a quad bike.
[A rear shot shows a quad bike being driven over a paddock carrying tanks that are not strapped down. One of these tanks falls off the vehicle.]
Voice over: A load that is not secured can impact quad bike stability.
[A rear shot of a stationary quad bike shows the driver strapping low tanks down onto the back of the vehicle. The quad bike has rollover protection and the driver is wearing a helmet. After securing the tanks to the vehicle, the rider climbs onto the quad bike and begins to ride away.]
Voice over: All loads should be secured in place. Liquid loads, particularly those in tanks without baffles, can shift and push against the tank wall and increase the risk of a quad bike becoming unstable.
[A quad bike is being driven down a long dirt farm driveway. The driveway is not level, has deep tyre tracks with high parts of ground in between and to the side. The driveway also has rocky sections. The driver of the quad bike is seen to navigate these uneven parts of the driveway.]
Voice over: Load limits can also be affected by terrain and speed.
[A woman is checking the tyres and tyre pressure on a quad bike.]
Voice over: Tyre pressure is central to quad bike stability. Under or over-tyre inflation can have a serious adverse stability impact.
[A close-up rear shot of a quad bike shows the tyres.]
Voice over: Tyre type and tyre pressures should be the same across each axle.
[A person is riding a quad bike across a dirt farm driveway. The quad bike has rollover protection and the rider is wearing a helmet. They are half standing as they ride in order to navigate the uneven terrain across the driveway, what appears to be a ditch at the side of the driveway.]
Voice over: The pressure of the tyres is critical to rider safety. If it is too high or low, it can affect stability.
[A woman is checking the tyre pressure on a quad bike.]
Voice over: Tyre pressures should be checked before start-up. Air pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold.
[A person is checking tyre pressure on a quad bike with a digital tyre pressure gauge.]
Voice over: Make sure that you have a tyre pressure gauge that measures low PSI.
[A shot appears of a warning plate on a quad bike. The plate warns the rider of a loss of control of the vehicle from towing an improperly loaded trailer. The sticker indicates the tow weight limit and the tongue weight limit.]
Voice over: Manufacturers have recommended limits when using quad bikes to tow loads.
[The woman is speaking directly to the camera. Behind her is a rear shot of a quad bike being driven down a long dirt farm driveway. A range of printed WorkSafe quad bike resources appear next to her.]
Voice over: You are key to farm safety. Familiarising yourself with load limits is a big part of taking steps towards safety.
[The woman is then 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.]