A study undertaken by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has found that two-thirds of Irish and UK farmers don’t wear a helmet when they ride ATVs.
Farmers said they feel foolish wearing them on their own farm or don’t believe they ride fast enough to warrant them.
The report, carried out by Dr Amy Irwin and Jana Mihulkova, found that 63.5% of respondents stated they owned a helmet, but only one-third of the sample reported wearing a helmet frequently or always.
The research pinpointed several underlying factors, ranging from personal perceptions to personal barriers, that stop farm workers wearing a helmet when using an ATV.
The results highlighted the following comments: