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Farm Safety Week: Boy, 11, seriously injured after incident involving tractor

An 11-year-old boy has been seriously injured in an incident involving a tractor.


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#FarmSafetyWeek: Boy, 11, seriously injured after incident involving tractor

The incident happened at around 1:45pm on Saturday in County Down, Northern Ireland.

 

The boy was airlifted to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children where he is in a stable condition.

 

The callout was the first mission for the helicopter and its crew.

 

Glenn O’Rorke, the operational lead for HEMS, said: "Having a full doctor and paramedic team on board it was felt necessary to respond.

 

"It is very important to get there as soon as we can for anybody who has any serious injuries.

 

"Bringing the doctor and paramedic team to the scene, they can carry out necessary interventions and treatment to stabilise a patient to then transfer on to an appropriate hospital."

 


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With agriculture continuing to hog the top spot of work-related deaths, the Farm Safety Foundation has encouraged farmers to identify farm safety as a lifestyle, ‘not a slogan’.

 

It came as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released an update on the figures reported earlier in the month.

 

Of the 27 farmers who died, about half were older than 65 but the range hit from three to 80.

 

Vehicle related activities continued to be the highest cause of death, with livestock a close second when considering the annual average.

 

The highest affected regions were the south-west with seven deaths, and Scotland with five.

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