Industry has warned farms and farmyards are not playgrounds following several on-farm child fatalities this year.
Three children tragically lost their lives in incidents on British and Irish farms last month alone.
As part of the Farm Safety Week campaign, running from July 20 – 24, the Farm Safety Foundation (FSF) has reminded farmers the best way to keep children safe on a farm is to keep them away if proper supervision is not possible.
Stephanie Berkeley, Farm Safety Foundation manager, recently spoke about child safety on farms on this week’s episode of Farmers Guardian’s Over The Farm Gate podcast (July 21), which can be found here.
Ms Berkeley said: “We all agree that farms can be wonderful places for children to grow up, where independence and responsibility are fostered and family relationships are strengthened.
“But while they can be dangerous places for everyone, children are still being put at risk when playing, visiting or helping out around the farm.
“It is not hard to imagine a child being killed by falling off a tractor, being crushed or attacked by an animal, or suffocating in a grain silo but, as we have seen recently, being hit by, or run over by, farm machinery or moving vehicles remains the biggest single cause of children losing their lives on our farms.
“Children can be eager to help out with farm work alongside other family members however, it is important to understand that each farm task has a certain level of risk associated with it.”
With the Covid-19 pandemic seeing more children spending time on farms due to school closures, FSF has created a new farm safety guide for parents which can be accessed here.
The Farm Safety Foundation has highlighted three key pieces of advice to help keep children safe on farms.