The IFA president has appealed to farmers to “step up” up their safety plan.
Tim Cullinan’s call comes ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend. He pointed out that children have been home from schools for three weeks now.
In the last 10 years, there have been 21 fatalities involving children - The majority of these accidents involve a child and a tractor. “Children forget the operator of the tractor can't hear them or see them.”
Cullinan said it up to farmers to protect the most vulnerable on our farms. “Parents should talk to their children about the dangers around their farmyard.
“When a parent is safety-conscious, this awareness will transfer to their children,” he said.
He reminded people that children under seven are not allowed to travel in a tractor. “Children should have a safe and secure place to play, where they cannot access the farmyard.” he concluded.