Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Advanced Composites
LeftNav
Aerospace
LeftNav
Amorphous Metal Structures
LeftNav
Analysis and Simulation
LeftNav
Asbestos and Substitutes
LeftNav
Associations, Research Organisations and Universities
LeftNav
Automation Equipment
LeftNav
Automotive
LeftNav
Biomaterials
LeftNav
Building Materials
LeftNav
Bulk Handling and Storage
LeftNav
CFCs and Substitutes
LeftNav
Company
LeftNav
Components
LeftNav
Consultancy
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
Pro Engineering Zone
 
 
 
News

HSE & TGWU need your help on child safety in agriculture

HSE InfoLine : 10 August, 2004  (Company News)
Health & Safety Executive inspector, Mike Walters, currently seconded to the Transport & General Workers Union, is appealing for people in farming to help improve child safety by taking part in two surveys.
Health & Safety Executive inspector, Mike Walters, currently seconded to the Transport & General Workers Union, is appealing for people in farming to help improve child safety by taking part in two surveys.

Agriculture has one of the highest fatal accident rates of any industry in the UK and is also the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces and visitors to the countryside, many of whom are children, are often present on farms.

In the ten years from 1993 to 2003, 35 children have been killed on farms and the HSE has received reports of nearly 400 serious injuries to children, with many more incidents going unreported. All adults in the industry need to take responsibility for keeping children safe and stopping them going to areas where they might be at risk.

Improving child safety in agriculture is a major strategic aim of the TGWU, and one that it shares with regulators, employers and other stakeholders. To help take forward this aim, HSE has recently seconded Mike Walters, HM Inspector of Health & Safety, to undertake a research and development project in this area for the Rural, Agricultural & Allied Workers National Trade Group of the TGWU in partnership with Cardiff University School of Social Sciences.

Mike Walters said: 'Part of my research during my secondment is to examine current attitudes towards child safety, and formal and informal arrangements for childcare provision in rural communities. To help give a fuller picture on these very important issues I'm inviting members of the farming community to complete two surveys. The first is designed to help try and solve the difficulties faced by farming families in relation to childcare. The second is an investigation into the awareness of the farming community of the risks faced by children on farms and to see what current action has been taken to control some of the identified key risks.'

He went on: 'These surveys provide an opportunity for all of us involved in agriculture to seek solutions to reduce the number of incidents on farms involving young children.'

Chris Kaufman, TGWU National Secretary, Food & Agriculture, showed his support for the surveys by saying: 'Farms are workplaces NOT playgrounds. Mike's surveys are vital to the TGWU's campaign to keep death and injury off the farm. I hope there is a big take up of the surveys by the farming community.'

Members of the farming community can complete the surveys on-line on the HSE website or download them as Word documents, and return them by post, fax or e-mail to Mike Walters, c/o Health & Safety Executive, International House, Dover Place, ASHFORD, Kent TN23 1HU. Fax: 01233-634827 or e-mail: mike.walters@hse.gsi.gov.uk
Bookmark and Share
 
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
 
   © 2012 NewMaterials.com
Netgains Logo