Anti-crush system wins award

02:06, Jun 14 2012
Alan Smith, from Matamata, with his dog "Nick" at the Sheepdog trials on day 2 of Fieldays.
Alan Smith, from Matamata, with his dog "Nick" at the Sheepdog trials on day 2 of Fieldays. Hamilton
Alan Smith, from Matamata, with his dog "Nick" at the Sheepdog trials on day 2 of Fieldays.
Alan Smith, from Matamata, with his dog "Nick" at the Sheepdog trials on day 2 of Fieldays. Hamilton
Graeme Strawbridge with dogs, Rock and "Blue" with a blue eye  at the Sheepdog trials on day 2 of Fieldays. Hamilton
Graeme Strawbridge with dogs, Rock and "Blue" with a blue eye at the Sheepdog trials on day 2 of Fieldays. Hamilton
Nicola Rawlandson's dog "Jan" at the sheepdog trials.
Nicola Rawlandson's dog "Jan" at the sheepdog trials.
"Blue" with a blue eye owned by Graeme Strawbridge.  Hamilton
"Blue" with a blue eye owned by Graeme Strawbridge. Hamilton

Fieldays visitors are flocking to purchase an innovative safety device for quad bikes before it's even gone into production.

Dargaville inventor, Vernon Suckling, took out the Fieldays Golden Standard innovation award for his Lifeguard anti-crush roll over system for quad bikes, which judges believed had "massive" international appeal.

"We've had a heap of people coming up and asking to purchase but we are still working through the final stages of meeting international standards and then we can get on with production," Mr Suckling said.

Ian mayall of TeAroha ties up his dogs ahead of the sheep dog trials.
Ian mayall of TeAroha ties up his dogs ahead of the sheep dog trials.
Issac sage  of Palmerston north gets ready for Bill Schuller Fencing competition.
Issac sage of Palmerston north gets ready for Bill Schuller Fencing competition.
Pat Munro and AllanBright of Katikati get coffee as National Fieldays begins.
Pat Munro and AllanBright of Katikati get coffee as National Fieldays begins.
Crowds pouring in on the opening day of Fieldays.
Crowds pouring in on the opening day of Fieldays.
Maggie Murdock, 5,  from Patetonga checks out colorfully range of commando gumboots.
Maggie Murdock, 5, from Patetonga checks out colorfully range of commando gumboots.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
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Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
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Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
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Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
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Ag Art Wear at the Fieldays.
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PRECISION CUT: Stihl Timbersports team member Adam Lowe of Hokitika focuses intently as he races to cut through a log with an axe.
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FREEBIE FUN: A young girl attempts to untangle the balloons she has collected as she makes her way through the throngs of people who made the most of the fine opening-day weather.
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Paul Hammond from Lake Rotoehu tries his balancing skills on a mechanical bullride.
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Maddison Gerosh from Raglan tries her balancing skills on a mechanical bullride.
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FIELDAYS ROCKS OFF: A day one highlight at the agricultural show was the mechanical bull riding; Aucklander Mitchell Goff shows here how it is done.
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The number of cockies and townies through the gate was up 2.3 per cent on last year at 27,088 with most streaming in through the frost.
The number of cockies and townies through the gate was up 2.3 per cent on last year at 27,088 with most streaming in through the frost.
The number of cockies and townies through the gate was up 2.3 per cent on last year at 27,088 with most streaming in through the frost.
ROLLING IT IN: Vernon Suckling is $5000 richer after taking out the Fieldays Golden Standard award for innovation.
ROLLING IT IN: Vernon Suckling is $5000 richer after taking out the Fieldays Golden Standard award for innovation.
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Demo at the Honda Display, The public watch as Bruce Nielsen on the Honda TRX 420 FPA passes by.
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Chainsaw V8 Demo by Murray Raynel , "Skinny" Chris Harris and "Pike" Andrew Haswell.
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Mary Torok taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
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Helen Hansen taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Helen Hansen and Katie Stockholme taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
Helen Hansen and Katie Stockholme taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
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Katarina Torok taking part in 'Hoof Ball' at Fieldays.
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The Lifeguard is based on a roman arc system which has the ability to deflect around an object or persons' body, limbs or head on impact.

The arc consists of two inner fibre cables with 3.5 tonnes of breaking strain each. 

"It is soft at the point of contact when deflected but increases in vertical strength," Mr Suckling said.

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ROLLING IT IN: Vernon Suckling is $5000 richer after taking out the Fieldays Golden Standard award for innovation.
ROLLING IT IN: Vernon Suckling is $5000 richer after taking out the Fieldays Golden Standard award for innovation.

The system is designed to hold an upturned quad off the ground providing space to help prevent the rider from being crushed.

Visitors to the Ag Tech Industries site were amazed to see a DVD of the Lifeguard undergoing trials where two men pushed a riderless quad bike off a hill and watched it roll down the hill where it landed unscathed.

Fieldays innovations committee spokesman Tony Smith said the invention had huge international potential.

"I think their is potential not only for quad bikes, but for the wider farming industry as well," he said. "This Lifeguard would not only prevent deaths, it would reduce injuries and for the busy rural community that is crucial."

Mr Suckling hopes to have the Lifeguard into production by the end of the year when the retail cost will sit "just under $1000".

Waikato Times