Daniel Moorhead from Ballinalee was part of a group of primary children who were selected to collaborate on a new book on farm safety.
‘Only a Giant Can Lift a Bull’ is aimed at raising awareness of farm safety amongst children, in a year which has seen four child fatalities among the 16 workplace deaths on farms to date.
“Daniel is one of 86 HSA Ambassadors for Farm Safety nationwide and the only representative from the county of Longford,” his mother, Hazel told the Longford Leader. “Following a competition held earlier in the year, Daniel became one of four regional winners in the Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre region, and one of 86 regional winners nationwide. These winners were drawn from 9.500 entries.”
As well as being awarded a certificate and a cash prize, Daniel also got the opportunity to work with artists and writers from Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership with a view to producing the new book, and last week he attended a special event at Croke Park to celebrate its launch.
“The ambassadors were invited to the launch by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney,” his mum explained. “It was attended by heads of the HSA and the Education Centres.”
Speaking about the launch of ‘Only a Giant Can Lift a Bull’, Minister Coveney said: “This book is the work of the children themselves, written in their own words with stories and images from their own lives. They tell us how great farming life is and how involved they are in the everyday life of farm work. They also tell us how dangerous farms can be and many have witnessed their parents, grandparents, and others take risks and suffer the awful consequences. I am calling on farmers to take more responsibility and stop taking unnecessary risks, for their own sake and for the sake of the next generation.”
“Their stories are funny, moving and life-affirming,” added Martin O’Halloran, CEO of the Health and Safety Authority. Some have written about lessons learnt the hard way. It’s time now to heed this new generation.”
“The HSA has recognised that children have a significant role to play in making farms safe to live and work on,” said Orla Kenny of Kids’ Own Publishing. “What came across so clearly is that children have a wealth of experience and passion about farm life.”
Daniel lives on a farm with his dad Derek, mum Hazel, brothers Adam and Bryan and sister Laura, and likes to help his dad with his work.