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HSENI focuses on child farm safety

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is calling on the farming community to keep children safe on farms this summer.

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More than 100 people have died in farm accidents in Northern Ireland since 2000
More than 100 people have died in farm accidents in Northern Ireland since 2000

Summer can prove to be a particularly dangerous time for children on farms, while they are off school and more work activity is happening around the farm yard.

 

This year the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland’s (HSENI) Child Safety on Farms Week is between June 13 and 17.

 

Since the year 2000, more than 100 people in Northern Ireland have lost their lives on farms, with six under the age of 11.

 

Dangers

 

HSENI’s chief executive, Keith Morrison said: "It is important to educate children about safety on the farm so that they can be aware of potential dangers and learn how to avoid them.

 

"As many children from farming families will also become our farmers of the future, it is vital that they learn about safety from a young age and develop good habits early.

 

"I hope the new app will prove to be a fun and useful tool in educating our young people about farm safety. "

 

This year, students at Ultster Univerity’s School of Nursing have developed an app called ’Farm Secure’, featuring a quiz and videos about farm safety aimed at primary school children.

 

Safety

 

Child Safety on Farms Week is part of the ongoing child safety on farms’ campaign run by HSENI and supported by the members of the Farm Safety Partnership.

 

The campaign aims to eradicate fatal and serious accidents through an extensive education and outreach programme which includes a programme of planned school visits throughout Northern Ireland.

 

This involves HSENI inspectors visiting rural primary schools to deliver interactive workshops about farm safety and this year more than 80 schools and 8,000 pupils have been visited.

 

Think

 

Mr Morrison added: "I would urge parents to take a few moments to think about the safety of children and to put in place simple measures so that your family have a happy and safe summer on the farm.


"Please make sure children are kept well away from livestock, harmful substances, falling objects, slurry gas and slurry tanks, and moving vehicles such as tractors, quad bikes or harvesters.”

 


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Farm safety checklist for parents

  • Have a safe and secure play area for young children
  • Prevent children from playing in or around farmyards and livestock
  • Prevent all children under 13 years from riding on tractors and farm machinery
  • Restrict the use of the quad and provide suitable safety equipment
  • Secure all heavy wheels, gates, heavy equipment and stacked materials to prevent them from toppling over
  • Ensure your slurry lagoon is securely fenced to prevent children from gaining access and make sure tank covers are always in place
  • Always keep children well away when mixing slurry
  • Keep track of where family members are playing or working and when they are expected back
  • Make sure everyone washes their hands before eating and drinking
  • Keep chemicals locked in a secure store when not in use
  • Make sure that guards are in place to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery
  • Make sure all family members know what to do in an emergency
  • Prepare a list of emergency contact telephone numbers

Source: HSENI

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