21 children have died in farm accidents in 10 years


Farms remain the only workplace in Ireland where children still continue to die

21 children have died in farm accidents in 10 years

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Farms remain the only workplace in Ireland where children still continue to die

Farm accidents have claimed the lives of 21 children in the last decade and account for 10% of all farm fatalities over the period, according to the Health and Safety Authority.

On the back of this, it has issued a joint appeal to primary schools with Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) to promote a strong farm safety message to children before they break for the summer.

High-risk time

Farms remain the only workplace in Ireland where children still continue to die, according to the HSA.

“Farm deaths involving children are always a horrific tragedy for families and heart-breaking for communities and schools alike.”

Summer holidays are a “high-risk time” for children who are off school and spend a lot of time on their family farm or visiting friends’ and relatives’ farms; it is also a very busy period for farmers.

Online farm safety resources

The HSA website has numerous online farm safety resources for teachers to use in the classroom which can be covered in an interactive, fun and stimulating way.

IPPN is supporting the HSA in communicating this important message to its members.

Online farm safety resources

Joanne Harmon - Business and Education Support Manager with the HSA – said teachers can access a range of online farm safety resources for primary schools on its website and some are available as Gaeilge.”

“These can be run on the classroom whiteboard or printed off to photocopy. The HSA’s e-learning portal also hosts a short course entitled Keep Safe on the Farm.”

“Farm safety is an explicit topic in the SPHE curriculum at primary level.”

“Schools can make a real difference by empowering children to raise their own awareness of farm hazards and encouraging them to bring the safety message home to parents and grandparents.” she concluded.

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