Farm Safety Check: Keeping Children Safe

Farm Safety Check: Keeping Children Safe

APRIL 2017

Every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident, and each day, 33 children are injured.

This is according to the 2017 Childhood Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet compiled by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

A priority for farmers and workers is to keep children safe on the farm. Take time to talk about the dangers and take steps now to ensure your kids, their friends or other young visitors are safe.

Have you taken the proper steps to ensure the safety of children on your farm?



The checklist below lists a few common hazards you can look for and fix to keep children safe.

  • Do parents avoid taking young children into the work site while they are working?
  • Do children have designated safe play site areas, away from the work site?
  • Are children kept off vehicles and machinery until they are old enough to operate them (e.g., no extra riders)?
  • Are children assigned only the tasks or chores which are appropriate for their age and ability?
  • Are children/youth trained to perform a task safely?
  • Is an adult available to supervise working youth?
  • Do children wear appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g., noise cancelling headphones)?
  • Are tanks, troughs, wells fitted with strong mesh or lids, ditches filled in, other drowning hazards addressed?
  • Do parents wear personal protective equipment and model safe behaviors when doing jobs on the farm?

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.



National Playground Safety Week

National Playground Safety Week is a time to focus on children’s outdoor play environments.

Childhood farm injuries and fatalities most often occur while children are playing in an agricultural worksite, or are bystanders to agricultural work. Children younger than 10 years old experience one of the highest rates of pediatric farm-related injury, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Ideally, non-working children should be physically separated from the occupational and environmental hazards associated with agricultural worksites. Safe play areas are an alternative to bringing children into the worksite, especially when off-farm childcare is not available.

The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) has created a website with tips and resources for creating safe play areas, including training materials and downloadable booklets .



Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to insure your safety.