Farm Safety Check: Keeping Children Safe

Farm Safety Check: Keeping Children Safe

JULY 2019

Every three days, a child dies in an agricultural related incident, and each day, 33 children are injured. This is according to the 2019 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. Here are a few active steps to help you create a safe farm.

Adapted with permission from the NCCRAHS Child/Youth Agricultural Safety Checklist.


  • Are young children kept out of the work site while parents work?
  • Do adults know to never take young children on machinery (tractors, skid steers, ATVs, etc.), including not giving them rides in buckets, instructional seats or on laps. This means NO EXTRA RIDERS.
  • Are keys removed from all equipment when not in use, hydraulics disengaged/de-energized, and all equipment stored in lowest position?
  • Is all equipment, especially those with sharp edges (plows, hay mowers, etc.), stored in areas not accessible to young children?
  • Are children kept away from grain wagons, grain bins, silos, manure pits and other confined spaces or flowing grain hazards?
  • Are all chemicals, pesticides and hazardous substances stored in locked storage areas not accessible to children?
  • Are large objects that could fall and harm children stored safely and put in areas not accessible to young children (e.g. tires or gates not left leaning against walls)?
  • Are drowning hazards addressed (fences around ponds/manure pits, wells covered, ditches filled in, etc.)?
  • Do young children have a designated safe play area, separated from the farm worksite by a barrier (e.g. fence)?
  • Does an adult/older youth supervise young, non-working children?

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.


Handwashing Posters

Handwashing isn’t just for visitors on the farm. Learn the 6 steps to flush germs down the drain in order to maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Download our poster and hang it in your workplace to promote cleanliness.

Safe Play

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 .



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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 ensure your safety.