Farmers and agricultural workers around the UK are being warned that they may face fines and injury compensation claims if they allow children to play on their premises during the school holidays.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is encouraging farmers to carefully consider the risks their land may present to children, after it emerged that 43 children and young people have received fatal injuries in agriculture over the last ten years.
A special guidance leaflet has been produced by the HSE to help prevent accidents, with advice such as providing a securely fenced play area, giving contractors clear instructions about stopping work if children enter the area and paying special attention to vehicle safety.
HSE head of operations Mike Wilcock commented: "The advice is simple but it is surprising how often the proper precautions fail to be taken."
The advice follows reports in the Ellesmere Port Pioneer that a farmer’s wife is to receive a GBP 25,000 injury compensation payout after falling into an uncovered drain while attending a safety awareness day.