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Children under 7 to be banned from tractors

Under new rules. farmers will be able to be prosecuted for a number of offences.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

CHILDREN UNDER THE age of seven years old are to be banned from tractors.

The Irish Farmers Journal reports that from January 2015, farmers can be prosecuted in court for carrying a child under the age of seven in the cab of a tractor or any agricultural machine. 

Farmers can also be prosecuted for any part of a PTO shaft found to be uncovered and if any access point to a slurry pit is uncovered.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the body in charge of enforcing workplace safety, will be given new powers following what is described as a “black year” for farm safety, reports the Irish Farmers Journal. 

So far this year, 24 deaths have occurred on Irish farms, almost three quarters have been as a result of vehicles and machinery.

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