Police say the death of a seven-year-old boy in a quad bike accident in Western Australia’s South West on Saturday afternoon is not being treated as suspicious.
Paramedics were called to a property in Dingup just before 2:00pm and the child was taken to nearby Manjimup Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
A police spokesperson said the boy was fatally injured after the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was riding rolled.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
It is the third time WA’s farming community has been rocked by an ATV-related death in recent months.
A 50-year-old livestock agent died after a crash on a farm near Esperance in April, while a 17-year-old boy died after an accident on a farm in WA’s Great Southern in December.
The two fatalities prompted a safety alert from WA’s Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety.
The department said users should consider alternative vehicles to travel around farms as “quad bikes may roll over and cause serious injury or death, particularly if used on uneven ground, at high speed or to carry heavy or uneven loads”.
SafeWork Australia said there were 104 quad bike-related fatalities in Australia between 2011 and 2016.
Of those, 11 per cent were children aged 11 or under, while a third were aged 60 or over.
Half of the 104 fatalities were the result of a rollover, and 69 occurred on a farm or property with “unstable or uneven terrain” such as an incline, ditch, embankment, sand or mud.