28 Jun 2012

Coroner calls for more safety measures for quad bikes

2:01 pm on 28 June 2012

A Coroner is calling for more stringent safety measures following the death of a 74-year-old man in a quad bike accident.

Retired farmer Peter Rouse died from a head injury while on holiday in Tokomaru Bay in January.

Coroner Christopher Devonport says the Gisborne man was trying to reverse a quad bike when it moved forward and went over a bank.

Mr Devonport says Mr Rouse was not wearing a helmet and the quad bike did not have an alarm to indicate when the bike was in reverse.

The Coroner recommends all quad bikes be fitted with audible alarms that are activated when a bike reverses and that riders wear helmets.