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Child Safety on Farms . David Lowe. The Facts. In the last 10 years,18 children have died in Northern Ireland farm incidents 6 fell from moving tractors 5 drowned (4 in slurry tanks) 3 struck by moving objects 2 by contact with moving machinery and vehicles 1 hit by a cow 1 by fire.

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The Facts

In the last 10 years,18 children have died in Northern Ireland farm incidents

6 fell from moving tractors

5 drowned (4 in slurry tanks)

3 struck by moving objects

2 by contact with moving machinery and vehicles

1 hit by a cow

1 by fire


The issues
The Issues

  • Farms are homes as well as workplaces

  • Farmhouse close to farmyard and farm activities

  • The farm presents unique risks to children

  • Children unaware of dangers

  • Rely on precautions


The dangers
The Dangers

Tractors

  • Not designed to carry children

  • Distracting to driver

  • Risk of child falling out

  • Few children survive the fall

  • Driver cannot react in time


It is illegal for anyone to carry a passenger of less than 13 years old on a tractor or allow them to drive


Drowning

  • Slurry storage areas

    • Slurry Lagoons – secure fencing, locked gate

    • Underground slurry tanks - manholes

    • Slurry ‘ring stores’ – ladders safely stored


Farmyard Traffic and Moving Machinery

  • Busy traffic routes in farmyard

  • Avoid reversing near to farmhouse

  • Make delivery drivers aware of children

  • Prevent child access to parked machinery

  • Fields are dangerous playgrounds at silage / harvest time


Heavy Objects

  • Unsecured gates

  • Spare tractor tyres

  • Stacked fertiliser bags

  • Building materials

  • Tractor implements – lower, lock tractor

  • Ladders*


Farm Animals

  • Bulls

  • Mother and baby

  • Health issues – E. coli, cryptosporidiosis


Other Areas of Concern

  • Harmful Substances

  • Quad Bikes – correct bike size, training, safety helmet

  • Inflammable Material – hay, straw


For more information contact

For more information contact

HSENI helpline Tel.08000320121

HSENI website www.hseni.gov.uk


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