It’s coming up to the holidays, when the schools are off and the children are at a loose end and getting up to all types of trouble. But, one type of trouble you don’t want to occur is a farm accident.
HSENI have introduced a new initiative entitled ‘Be Aware Kids’ with the intention of cutting down farm accidents and fatalities and bringing awareness to farm safety in addition to making your farm more ‘child proof’.
If you are a farmer with children running about, there are a few simple suggested steps you can follow to make your farm a safe and fun environment for the youngsters, that will give you peace of mind knowing they are out of harm’s way.
Create a safe and secure place for the children to play, away from any farm activity and moving vehicles.
Ensure that all vehicles have clear and all-round visibility - who knows what little creature could be lurking around any corner or wheel!
Restrict all children under the age of 13 from driving on tractors and operating farming machinery.
Ensure that all heavy equipment and stacked equipment is secure to prevent them from toppling down.
When not in use, make sure that the slurry lagoon is properly closed and securely fenced off so children will not be able to gain access. Always ensure that children are not around when mixing slurry.
Before meals, make sure everyone washes their hands
At all times, keep track of where family members are and know when they are expected back.
Restrict access to dangerous parts of machinery and ensure that there are guards in places.
Create a plan, so that all family members know what to do in an emergency and prepare a list of emergency telephone numbers.
From a recent survey carried out by Autoline Insurance, 81% of farmers agree that farming is a dangerous industry where many accidents can happen, but with plans in place and a sharp eye, it should also be safe and fun.