Craanford pupils’ top marks for farm safety

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GAHAN

FOURTH class pupils from St Pa­trick’s Na­tional School, Craanford, in con­junc­tion with Irish Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, hosted an ex­tremely im­por­tant day about farm safety be­fore the end of the school year.

The chil­dren as­sem­bled their own farms and went to great ef­forts to set up scene that dis­played many dan­gers which lead to se­ri­ous in­juries or fa­tal­i­ties on farms each year in Ire­land.

The main aim of the day was to ed­u­cate the chil­dren about how to stay safe while us­ing quads. Many of the chil­dren in the class knew peo­ple who had been badly in­jured or killed as a re­sult of us­ing a quad.

Lead­ing up the event, the kids re­searched cur­rent sta­tis­tics re­lat­ing to farms ac­ci­dents that cause in­juries and deaths, and out­lined the main ar­eas that need to be ad­dressed by farm­ers each day.

They in­vited each class to visit their demon­stra­tion and went through the dan­gers that are threat­en­ing the lives of Irish farm­ers each day. Many adults from the sur­round­ing ar­eas also popped in and were also ed­u­cated.

The Irish Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion brought in a quad and got all the re­quired safety wear and hel­mets. They set up a dis­play to show the cor­rect gear that should be worn while op­er­at­ing a quad.

Ear­lier in the year, the fourth class pupil wrote a let­ter to Honda head­quar­ters out­lin­ing their con­cerns re­gard­ing the ab­sence of roll bars on quads. They re­ceived a re­ply say­ing that Honda Ire­land would for­ward their con­cerns to the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tion of Honda.

Alice Doyle from Wex­ford IFA Farm Fam­ily Chair­per­son con­cluded the event by speak­ing to the chil­dren fur­ther about farm safety.

Fourth class pupils from Craanford NS who gave a farm safety demon­stra­tion with their teacher Marie Kin­sella.

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