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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
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It is illegal for anyone to carry a passenger of less than 13 years old on a tractor or allow them to drive
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Drowning
  • Slurry storage areas
    • Slurry Lagoons – secure fencing, locked gate
    • Underground slurry tanks - manholes
    • Slurry ‘ring stores’ – ladders safely stored
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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
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Heavy Objects
  • Unsecured gates
  • Spare tractor tyres
  • Stacked fertiliser bags
  • Building materials
  • Tractor implements – lower, lock tractor
  • Ladders*
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Farm Animals
  • Bulls
  • Mother and baby
  • Health issues – E. coli, cryptosporidiosis
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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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