500 Vic­to­rian farm chil­dren treated yearly

Vic­to­rian pri­mary school chil­dren are be­ing asked to sub­mit a video or poster, de­tail­ing how they think farms can be made safer for all age groups

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - LIVESTOCK -

AROUND 500 chil­dren are treated each year in Vic­to­rian hospi­tals for in­juries re­ceived on farms.

KidSafe Vic­to­ria has launched it’s a new cre­ative com­pe­ti­tion, aimed at pre­vent­ing youth in­juries.

‘ Stay­ing Safe on the Farm’ is open to pri­mary school chil­dren through­out the Vic­to­ria, and will asked them to turn their cre­ative minds to de­vel­op­ing videos, il­lus­trat­ing sto­ries and posters as part of the state- wide aware­ness cam­paign.

“Com­mon in­jury haz­ards for chil­dren on farms in­clude ma­chin­ery, ve­hi­cles, an­i­mals, wa­ter haz­ards and poi­sons,” Kidsafe Vic­to­ria gen­eral man­ager, Ja­son Cham­bers, ex­plained.

“Farms typ­i­cally com­bine the fam­ily home and an in­dus­trial work­place, which means chil­dren are ex­posed to a wide range of haz­ards that aren’t present in ur­ban home en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mr Cham­bers said that be­ing aware of po­ten­tial in­jury haz­ards and mea­sures that can be put in place to re­duce the risk is not only vi­tal for fam­i­lies that live on farms, but also those who are vis­it­ing a farm.

WorkSafe ex­ec­u­tive di­rec- tor, health and safety Marnie Williams said farm­ers needed to re­in­force that safety was a num­ber one pri­or­ity for peo­ple work­ing, liv­ing and vis­it­ing farms.

“Eight out of a to­tal 15 work­place fa­tal­i­ties in Vic­to­ria this year have oc­curred on farms - farm­ers need make sure they man­age the risks and set bound­aries to pro­tect ev­ery­one from harm,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing how to en­ter, please visit https://www.kid­safe­vic.com. au/ home- safety/ farm- safe­ty­cre­ative-com­pe­ti­tion.

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