The HSE is asking farmers to do more to protect their loved ones on farms. J Kelly and Sons of Airdrie Farm, Kirkbean have been prosecuted after pleading guilty for breaching regulation 3(1) (b) Prevention of Accidents to Children in Agricultural Regulations 1998, after an incident which occurred on 14 October 2015.

The young boy was sitting on the back of a sit-astride all-terrain vehicle (ATV) whilst an employee was cutting the grass. After 20 minutes he realised the boy was no longer sitting on the ATV and found him in the grass with injuries to his lower right leg, an ambulance was later called.

After 8 hours of operating it was deemed the leg could not be saved and later amputated.

The HSE investigation concluded the employee was inadequately trained on the ATV and the company had allowed the boy to accompany the employee on occasions previously. The HSE inspector further added, "The company took no action to ensure the boy was kept separate from the farms business activities, other than being near the cattle.” Full quote from HSE inspector.

It is important that those managing farms are taking the appropriate steps to protect young children living on working farms from the many dangers present.

The company was fined £10,000 and given a notification of contravention letter and an improvement notice - which the company have complied to.

With this in mind it is important to follow our Birketts Health and Safety mantra:

  • say what you do
  • do what you say
  • and have the paperwork to prove it.