Child of only 8 years old suffers avoidable life changing injuries

Posted By Stephanie Hancox on 2017-08-21 12:05

We often see news articles where by easily avoidable accidents occur; However it is rare when we see one in which shacks us as much as this article we came across recently. 

With the summer in full swing, farmers often take on little helpers to assist in simple day-to-day running of a farm which are usually known to be a residence of a family. Although even the simplest of duties shouldn't be over looked by the weary eye when identifying possible health and safety hazards. But why was a child of only 8 years old allowed to sit as a passenger on a ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) ?


What does the law say in terms of operating an ATV?

  • 1) It is illegal for a child under the age of 16 to operate an ATV without the proper training                                       however this is subject to both the type of ATV along with many other precautions.
  • 2)It is illegal to carry any passenger on a sit-astride ATV due to the vehicle as they have only                                 been made for the sole purpose of one rider. And an additional passenger can impact your                               ability to control the machine.



Due to the proper health and safety care and precautions not being put into place. The 8 year old boy fell from this vehicle causing injuries to his lower leg which resulted in a below-the-knee amputation on his right leg during an 8 hour long operation. 

“There are no winners in this case. Legislation prohibiting children under 13 from riding on                                 machines such as an ATV protects them from these dangers. Sadly, too often this is ignored                             and the consequences can be devastating for all involved.                                                                                         We’re calling on farmers to take responsibility and own the process of identifying, managing                             and preventing risk in their workplace. We’ve spent recent weeks highlighting this issue, with                           more inspectors visiting farms across Great Britain.
  While it is important that children living on farms are given the opportunity to become involved                      and learn about the family business, it’s crucial they are protected from the dangers involved.”

This blog is written and based upon a news article published by the HSE and can be found at ...


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