Children must be educated about farm dangers

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Hosting special days in schools to educate children about the dangers on farms is just one of the recommendations contained in a new report on Farm Safety published by the Seanad yesterday (Tuesday, May 26).

Hosting special days in schools to educate children about the dangers on farms is just one of the recommendations contained in a new report on Farm Safety published by the Seanad yesterday (Tuesday, May 26).

With 30 people losing their lives as a result of farm accidents countrywide in 2014, the Seanad report is the culmination of a process of engagement with stakeholders from the public sphere as well as with farming organisations.

The recommendation on school education is contained in a new report on Farm Safety to be published by the Seanad today.

Senator Denis O’Donovan, Leas Cathaoirleach of the Seanad says education is a key component of the document.

He said: “There are a number of recommendations, for example education. Maybe something by Teagasc and their training courses on a special day, or two days, for farm safety.

“In all the education processes in our schools, particularly in rural schools with young farmers’ boys and girls attending, there should be a special time set aside. Classes to outline the awareness of dangers of machinery.

“Our Report is directly informed by the views of the Irish farming community – young and old – as well as the various organisations which represent them. The Committee will be submitting this Report to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine for his consideration. We hope that he and the Health and Safety Authority will consider this Report and its recommendations carefully and that he will utilise as many of them as possible in developing future farm safety policy.”