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Young Farmers championed for farm safety knowledge following ‘safety skills’ test

Young Farmers have been championed for their knowledge and commitment to farm safety after proving they were aware of the hazards of farm machinery.

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Young Farmers championed for farm safety knowledge following ‘safety skills’ test

The youngsters were judged at the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) competitions day earlier in the month in a specific farm safety skills competition.

 

Teams were tested on their ability to deal with a mock ‘medical emergency’, complete with fake injuries on the patient.

 

Matthew Watson, 25, who was part of County Durham’s winning team of four from Butsfield YFC, said the skills test ‘made you think about the consequences if something like that really did happen on the farm’.


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Matthew Watson of Butsfield YFC, County Durham.
Matthew Watson of Butsfield YFC, County Durham.

He said: “Competitions like this help make members more aware.

 

“It is hard to not take on advice when you are practising for these competitions.”

 

Mr Watson said the training had encouraged him to start doing more risk assessments at work.

 

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“I step back and think about what I am doing before I do it, and approach it in a safer manner than perhaps I would have done,” he said.

 

The club is also thinking of hosting a first aid course and enrolling members onto the Farm Safety Curve module.

 

As well as tasks with ATVs and tractors, YFC members were given hazard perception scenarios focused on working at height, with machinery and with power cables, that were set by the Farm Safety Foundation.

Last week marked the seventh Farm Safety Week (July 15-19), dubbed A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action Please.

 

It came as two children, one aged four and the other, 15-year-old Iris Goldsmith, daughter of Defra non-executive director Ben Goldsmith, were killed in separate incidents, both involving farm vehicles.

 

Alan Plom, chairman of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health rural industries group, said children should be kept away from farms and took aim at the mainstream media for reporting such incidents as ‘freak accidents’ when they were, in his view, ‘predictable’.

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