Simple fix touted for deadly quad bike problem
A Wellington farmer who survived a quad bike accident says using a sash window weight on the front of a four-wheeler stops it turning over so easily.
Stuart Woodman said he was going up a steep slope when he hit a hole and his quad bike rolled over and landed on him.
"I was unconscious, and came to after I had got out from under the bike. I don't know how I survived it. Thick skull, big bones - I don't know."
Woodman said he righted the bike on the slope, and it rolled down the hill.
"I picked the soil off it and finished mustering. Then I drove to hospital."
He said he suffered broken bones in his hand, a broken shoulder blade, and internal bleeding and bruising.
"The answer to stopping a lot of quad bike rolling accidents is what many farmers have in their woolshed or can get at a second-hand shop - a 25-pound (11-kilogram) sash window weight."
Woodman said he now had such a weight bolted across the front of his quad.
"It puts the weight where it needs to be, at the front, and stops the quad lifting.
"It's so simple - any cocky can do that. I want to get the word out if it saves someone from a nasty accident."
- Manawatu Standard