Quad bike crash 'could have been more serious'

People have been warned that they may face injury compensation claims if they misuse all-terrain vehicles such as quad bikes after three men received head injuries on a West Yorkshire farm.

Farmer Gerald Parker was prosecuted for an incident which took place last year, in which he used a quad bike to carry two employees to an outlying field.

Mr Parker lost control of the vehicle which then tumbled into a ditch 12-feet deep.

He was not wearing a safety helmet himself and had failed to provide any for his passengers.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Charlie Callis said the dangers of all-terrain vehicles are often underestimated.

"There have been a number of serious incidents, many of them high profile," he added.

"On average two people die each year in all-terrain vehicle incidents on farms with yet many more resulting in serious injury."

A Borders farm was recently fined GBP 6,650 after a worker died in a crash involving a quad bike.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19212725-ADNFCR

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