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Vic farmers bid to stop quad bike deaths

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016

Just three per cent of Victorians work on farms but 30 per cent of all workplace fatalities happen on them, with quad bikes the major cause.

That's led to more than 600 Victorian farmers applying for a quad bike safety rebate in just seven weeks since the program opened.

A quad bike is necessary equipment for many farms but it can also be one of the most dangerous," Finance Minister Robin Scott said on Thursday.

"Too many Victorians have died or been seriously injured using quad bikes which is why we've taken action to protect farmers and their families."

Almost $545,000 has been paid to farmers who have either bought operator protection devices for their bikes or purchased a safer vehicle.

Last year, 22 people died and 70 were injured as a result of quad bike incidents in Australia.

They are the leading cause of farm deaths in the nation.

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