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.DOWNLOAD PDF CHECKLIST
WHAT IS THE UMASH FARM SAFETY CHECK?
The UMASH Farm Safety Check is a quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line.
Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and tips for identifying hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems. Use the Farm Safety Check checklists and resources to reinforce safety practices throughout the year and help prevent incidents and injuries for workers, visitors, and farm families.