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Teenager killed in quad bike accident

A male youth, in his teens, has died following a fatal incident involving a quad bike at a wooded area in Co Laois, Gardaí have confirmed.

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the incident near Ballyshanduff, Ballybrittas, County Laois on Sunday, April 9th, 2023.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 pm and involved a quad bike with two males on board.

A male youth in his teens was removed from the scene to Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise, where he has since passed away, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána confirmed to That’s Farming in a statement.

A second male youth in his teens was removed to Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore to be treated for his injuries, which are believed to be non-life threatening.

The spokesperson continued: “Investigations are ongoing.”

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“Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.”

“Any individuals with information or camera footage are asked to make it available to Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station on 0578674100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station,” The spokesperson concluded.

Training and helmets

Previously That’s Farming reported that the HSA has confirmed that mandatory training and helmets will soon become a legal requirement for quad bike users.

Users of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) will have to:

  • Undergo mandatory training;
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), when using such vehicles for work purposes.

The new measures will come into force on November 20th, 2023.

The overall objectives of these amending regulations is to reduce the level of death and serious injury associated with ATVs in the workplace by providing specific legal requirements for the wearing of head protection and for operators of ATVs to undergo professional training.

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