The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) have joined forces to appeal for child safety on farms to be made a priority ahead of the summer holidays.
“Farm accidents have claimed the lives of 21 children in the last decade and account for 10% of all farm fatalities over the period.
“Farms remain the only workplace in Ireland where children still continue to die,” a joint statement from the organisations said.
Parents and concerned individuals can visit the HSA’s website to pick up tips and guidelines to help maintain a safe environment for children.
Business and education support manager with the HSA Joanne Harmon said teachers could also get involved.
“The HSA’s e-learning portal also hosts a short course entitled ‘Keep Safe on the Farm’ which can be found at http://hsalearning.ie,” she said.
“This is aimed at primary school children and comes with teachers’ guidelines and is linked to the SPHE curriculum."
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