NORTH WEST FARMERS WARNED OVER CHILD SAFETY

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NORTH WEST FARMERS WARNED OVER CHILD SAFETY

Farmers in the North West are being urged to take steps to keep children safe on their farms as the school holidays approach.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised and improved guidance aimed at reducing child deaths on farms and providing essential information on keeping children safe.

The leaflet contains practical advice and guidance on how to comply with the law in a simple and clear format. It can be downloaded free from the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg472.pdf

Graeme Walker, Head of HSE’s Agriculture sector, said:

“The Agriculture industry is unique, as it is the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children.

“Farms are workplaces, but unique workplaces as they are also homes. Many children and young people live on, work at or visit farms – particularly at this time of year – and whilst we want them to develop a love of farming and the countryside, it must be done safely.

“HSE is committed to improving the quality and clarity of our guidance, and we believe that this revised publication is easier to follow.

The leaflet covers both employed and non-employed young people and provides practical advice on how to reduce the risk of accidents to children and young people on farms.

It highlights the situations where accidents are most likely to happen, and describes practical steps which can be taken to prevent them. It also gives helpful advice on how to comply with the law.

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