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Four-year-old child dies while playing on farm

The incident happened on March 13 on a farm in Yorkshire.


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A four-year-old has died while playing on a farm.

 

Initial notifications suggest the incident happened last Tuesday (March 13) on a farm in Yorkshire.

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said children should be excluded from farms – just like on any other workplace – and has prompted farmers to get to grips with tips on preventing incidents to children on farms.


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HSE top tips:

  • There should be a clear differentiation between working areas and areas that may be part of the home
  • Children should have a safe, secure and supervised play area away from the farm to prevent them straying into areas with hazards such as vehicle movements, livestock, and other risks
  • Children, including farmer’s children, should not be involved in farm work activities
  • If children are taken into the workplace, they must be fully supervised by an adult that is not involved in any aspect of the tasks being undertaken
  • It is illegal for children under the age of 13 to drive a tractor or self-propelled machine, or to ride in the cab of any tractor or agricultural vehicle, or on any farm equipment
  • Everyone working on the farm, or visiting the farm, must be made aware that children may be unexpectedly present and that they know to stop all work if they see a child, until the child has been returned to a safe area.
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