Preventing accidents to children on farms

Preventing accidents to children on farms

The Health and Safety Executive issued new guidelines for preventing injury and accidents to children on Farms summer 2013.

Safety for children on farms

The leaflet contains advice both for children under 11 and for older children under school leaving age. Many children help out on farms in busy times such as harvest and so this leaflet should be essential reading on most farms.

The HSE says:

“Agriculture has one of the highest fatal injury rates of any industry in Great Britain, but is the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces, and visitors, including children, may also be present on farms.

Children and young people up to the age of 18 are regularly killed and injured on farms, either because they are working on the farm or because they are playing there.

This leaflet provides practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of injury to children under 13 and older children below minimum school leaving age (usually 16). It also identifies tasks and operations that are too hazardous for children and young people to do and includes examples of incidents from real life – often involving a parent killing their own child.

Previously published as AS10, this guidance has been updated but there is no change to the policy/law relating to children on farms.”

You can download a copy of Preventing accidents to children on farms here

The NFU also provides a leaflet on the subject “Farm-safety-focus-on-children-on-farms

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