On-farm safety should be a priority for the summer holidays

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SafeWork SA is reminding all families in rural areas to ensure on-farm safety as many children return home to spend summer holidays on farming properties.

With farms being one of Australia’s most dangerous workplaces, SafeWork SA Executive Director, Bryan Russell is encouraging everyone to prioritise safety.

“Two thirds of children killed on farms Australia-wide are less than five years old,” said Mr Russell.

“Drowning poses the biggest risk, as children will sometimes wander away to explore dams or creeks. They can also easily fall from, or be hit by, quad bikes and other vehicles.”

“The risk extends not only to children who live on farms, but to their young friends who visit and may not be as aware of the every day and often inherent hazards present on farming properties.”

“Every mishap on a farm is preventable and I urge families to take steps to prevent incidents by identifying and controlling the hazards.”

“A few precautions can make all the difference for a happy and safe summer holiday break. Talk to kids about safety and teach them to recognise the dangers,” said Mr Russell.

SafeWork SA recommends an enclosed play area for young children. An “out of bounds” areas should also be defined for children of all ages. Children are also discouraged from riding quad bikes for adults.

“Since 2011, almost one in five fatalities associated with riding quad bikes has been a child under 14 years old. It’s not a risk worth taking. Kids should only ride two wheel bikes suitable for their age and size, and always wear a helmet,” said Mr Russell.

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