The father of a 5-year-old boy has taken to social media to call on farmers to “take farm safety more seriously”. ‘
Michael J Murphy, a dairy farmer from Co. Wexford is urging his fellow farmers to take extreme caution after his son sustained an injury on the family farm on Wednesday, August 15th.
Speaking exclusively to That’s Farming, Michael J Murphy outlined details of the incident.
“My wife works off-farm and in the evening time, my father minds my son while I am doing the milking.”
“Yesterday evening, my son - James and my father came out to the yard; James went to put the dogs in the shed and while doing so, a gust of wind caught his thumb in the standard-size steel door.”
After the 5-year-old got his thumb jammed in the door, Michael took him to A & E immediately.
“He suffered a nasty cut and got a hell of a fright.” Michael outlined.
“I just thought what could have happened and how simple it can happen; it could have been a lot worse.”
The farmer called for more work to be done in the area of farm safety awareness and highlighted the importance of conducting safety checks on the farm.
He noted that farm safety is discussed for a maximum duration of 5-10-mins at farm meetings; he stressed that the Government or Department must respond to reduce the number of workplace fatalities in the agricultural sector.
“There are farmers that I know that will never change. There was a suggestion that farm safety should be linked to EU payments and I think that something like that might be the only way to go for a lot of people.”
“When James is on the farm with me everything is drummed into him, particularly safe farming practices. I don’t operate any machinery or heavy equipment when he is around the yard.” Michael concluded.
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