Simple fix touted for deadly quad bike problem

JILL GALLOWAY
Last updated 12:34 18/03/2014
Wellington sheep and beef farmer Stuart Woodman
Fairfax NZ
In the woolshed: Wellington sheep and beef farmer Stuart Woodman says he has the answer to stop some quad bike accidents.

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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."

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