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
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.