THE Health and Safety Authority and Laois Education Centre have announced the winners of their farm safety poster and slogan competition which was open to primary school children nationwide.
Jim Enright, Director of Laois Education Centre and Roddy Molloy, Health and Safety Authority Rep in the Laois area, presented the prize money of €100 to Naomi Senior, a senior infants pupil in St Paul’s NS, Mountmellick who was adjudged the overall winner in the catchment area of Laois Education Centre. A cheque for €250 was also presented to the principal of St Pauls NS Mountmellick, Ms Gloria Lewis.
The competition aimed at raising awareness of child safety on farms and children were asked to draw or paint a poster and slogan, highlighting the dangers on farms. The winning posters and slogans will be published in a Health and Safety Authority calendar for 2013 which will be sent to all schools later in the year.
Joanne Harmon, education manager with the Health and Safety Authority said: “We’re delighted to present the winners with their well-deserved prize money. It’s so important for children to become aware of the dangers on farms, especially coming into the summer season when they are off school and around the farm or visiting farms. Six children have died in farm accidents over the past four years. The tragedy of a child’s death at the place where a family lives and earns their livelihood is an unimaginable horror that we must all be vigilant to prevent”.
Jim Enright, Director of Laois Education Centre said: “We are delighted to be associated with a competition like this which promotes the health, safety and well-being of children whether they live on a farm or are just casual visitors to farms. We have had a huge response to the competition and children respond well to being educated about the risks around them. They raised their own awareness of safety on the farm as well as bringing the safety message home to parents. The publication of a calendar for 2013 highlighting the risks associated with either living on or visiting a farm will be a very useful resource for schools and we hope that when teachers turn over the pages for each month, they will take the opportunity to discuss with their class the safety message associated with that particular month”.