'Prioritise child safety on farms' - McAleer
Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has called on everyone involved in farming to put preventative measures in place to protect children on farms.
The party’s agriculture spokesperson was speaking after figures released by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that since the year 2000, 11 children had lost their lives due to farm related accidents.
Declan McAleer said:
"Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the north and unfortunately we have had a number of tragic deaths on farms in recent years.
"I would urge all those involved in farming to take heed of this warning and to show extreme care and caution while children are working or playing on the farm.
“I would advise parents to talk to their children about the importance of staying safe on the farm and and to put in place simple, practical, measures to make sure children are safe at all times.
"We don't want to see any more deaths on our farms across the north."