The FARM SAFETY CIRCLE has been designed to help AgriKids and their parents learn more about how to
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ONE – look for a safe place
TWO – don’t hurry stop and wait
THREE – look all around and listen before you cross the road, remember
FOUR – let all the traffic pass you
FIVE – then walking straight across you
SIX – Keep watching, that’s the SAFE CROSS CODE
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Remember, younger members often follow the work habits of adults, so make sure you lead by example.
Former president of the IFA, John Dillon, shares his story:
Risk: Unsafe and faulty electrical installations
Electrical fittings on a farm should be checked regularly. With so much dust, water, not to mention the possible damage caused by animals and machinery, having incorrect fittings can result in accident and injury.
Risk: When machines are working near overhead power lines
Farm machinery such as combine harvesters, tipping trailers and moving high loads can cause major risks if there are overhead power lines.
Farmers must be extra vigilant and ensure that poles, stay-wires and protective earth wires (attached to poles) are not damaged during farming work.
Previous causes of accidents on Irish farms were from:
In the event of fallen or exposed wires contact your local electriity network provider. In Ireland this is ESB Networks: 1850 372 999
*Irish regulations - www.hsa.ie
FARMERS – You must take personal responsibility for safety on your farm!
How do you know if something is dangerous to touch or smell? The label may read “caution,” “poison,” or “danger.” Some of these chemicals are toxic (tok-sik) or poisonous.
Chemicals may cause death or serious injury in different ways –
The effects may range from irritation, allergy and poisoning, permanent damage to internal organs and death.
Drowning on farms can happen in many areas
Stay away from:
Know the symptoms of Weils disease which may include:
Decreased mobility and reaction time are probably the biggest contributory factors to farming accidents to older farmers.
If you have an older farmer living or working nearby take the time to help them with difficult jobs and make them aware of safety.