4 August 1995

HOW FARMERS CAN ASSIST

&#8226 Consider ways in which children could have access to your land (footpaths, short cuts, etc). Assess attractions and hazards.

&#8226 Keep children out of work areas.

&#8226 Make sure children are excluded by means of fencing, padlocks or grids and covers from potentially dangerous areas such as chemical stores, slurry pits, reservoirs or grain intake pits. Prevent children from getting into grain bins and check they are not in the store before starting machinery.

&#8226 Sheep dips should have stout covers secured in position when not in use.

&#8226 Be on the lookout for children, especially when starting or driving machines or vehicles.

&#8226 Drive at a safe speed, remembering that children hide in unlikely places when playing.

&#8226 Dont let children enter any yard or pen occupied by potentially dangerous animals – this includes female animals, especially those with young.

&#8226 Children should not treat animals or poultry without supervision.

&#8226 Dont let children have access to hypodermic syringes (including multi-dose injection equipment).

&#8226 Make children wash their hands thoroughly after touching animals.

&#8226 See that matches are kept in a safe place and that ladders have been stored safely where children cannot get at them.

&#8226 Never leave keys in an unattended vehicle.

&#8226 It is illegal for children under 13 to drive or ride on tractors and other self-propelled machines.

&#8226 Make sure children dont drive, operate or help to operate: Towed or self-propelled harvesters and processing machines. Trailers or feeding equipment with built in conveying, loading or unloading or spreading mechanisms. Power-driven machines with cutting, splitting or crushing mechanisms or power-operated soil engaging parts. Chemical applicators. Handling equipment such as lift trucks, skid-steer loaders or all-terrain vehicles. Ditching or drainage machinery.