Farm Accidents Involving Children To Common


Farm accidents are much too often becoming the topic of conversation these days

Farm Accidents Involving Children To Common

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Farm accidents are much too often becoming the topic of conversation these days

Farm accidents are much too often becoming the topic of conversation these days. Safety on farms is a huge issue, with greater awareness been created all the time. Accidents involving children are becoming more and more common. The main causes of fatel child accidents are tractors/ machinery and drowning. Adults play a vital role in making sure that the risks posed to children on a farm are assessed and the relevant precautions put in place to prevent death or injury:
  • Dangers to children need to be identified and controlled like tractors, slurry pits, machinery, livestock and heights.
  • Its important children are kept away from dangers such as slurry pits, silage pits, chemical stores, working machinery, bales, livestock and rivers or turloughs.
  • Lock unattended tractors.
  • Guard all moving parts of machinery.
  • Dangerous livestock such as bulls, stallions, mothers of new borns, rams, and stags should be kept away from children.
  • Young children should never be allowed to the farmyard without adult company or supervision.
  • Contractors need to be made aware of the possible presence of children by farm owner.
  • Do not allow children under 16 to operate tractors or self-propelled machines.
  • Ensure cabs are fitted with a properly designed and fitted passenger seat with seat belts.
To eliminate the risk of drowning, all open water tanks, wells and slurry tanks should be fenced off. Children should be given clear instruction on safety issues on the farm. Instruct children that are carried in the tractor cab to
always wear seat belts.

At the end of the day it is the responsibility of adults on the farm to ensure the safety and health of children on farms. Children don't see danger or hazards, they just see some place to have fun. Children are so inquisitive that they will alwasy be interested in things they shouldn't be. Along with that, children copy what adults do, so if children are out on the farm with an adult, they will watch everything they do. Children will copy what they see done when they are playing. All family members and people working on farms need to do everything to ensure the safety and health of children and young people on farms.

For futher details visit the HSA Website

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