Inquest hears man died due to faulty quad bike

A FEEDLOT maintenance supervisor died when a faulty quad bike hurtled into a chain wire fence as he was starting it up for testing, a coroner heard.

Geoffrey Moore, 51, who worked on the Grassdale property near Dalby, died on March 6 or 7, 2012, when the vehicle's throttle locked in full open position.

The vehicle ended up overturned and facing back the way it came, tangled in the fence. Mr Moore's body was found about 7m further on, the court was told yesterday.

Soon afterwards, the feedlot owner, Mort and Co, replaced all their quad bikes with "side-by-side" two-seater vehicles with rollover protection.

Mr Moore's is one of nine deaths across Queensland being investigated by Deputy State Coroner John Lock.

Mort and Co national feedlot services manager Scott Braund told the court the 2012 tragedy had been the catalyst for Mort's decision to stop using quad bikes.

He said helmet use was compulsory for quad bike riders on Mort properties, but he was not surprised that Mr Moore was not wearing one while starting up the vehicle for a test.

Craig Hartley, owner of Dalby Moto which serviced and inspected the vehicle, said moisture had entered through the thumb throttle, run down the throttle cable into the carburettor and caused a lever inside the carburettor to seize up because of corrosion.

The court heard evidence that Mr Moore had known of the fault and was working on the bike when the crash happened.

Mr Lock will hear submissions today before adjourning to prepare his findings on the nine deaths.

Phase two of the inquest will resume later this year to present recommendations in a bid to prevent further quad bike tragedies.



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