Most Scottish farms 'using quad bikes dangerously'
The majority of Scottish farms are failing to use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in a safe manner, it has been confirmed.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited 58 farms across the country earlier this month as part of an intensive two-week assessment of the agriculture sector.
Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) failed the checks, with 25 improvement notices issued for using ATVs without appropriate training, ten for insufficient head protection and one for poor maintenance.
"Every year people die or are seriously injured in accidents involving quad bikes," said Paul Stollard, the HSE's director for Scotland.
"These disappointing results of the inspection initiative show that many farmers still aren't taking the risks seriously."
HSE statistics suggest that, on average, two people die and over 1,000 are injured in ATV accidents every year, with three such deaths recorded in Scotland's agriculture sector in the four years to 2008-09.
Despite recent improvements across the UK, agriculture remains a particularly dangerous industry and the use of safety signs where required is demanded by the HSE.
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