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Childhood farm injuries and fatalities most often occur while children are
playing in an agricultural worksite, or are bystanders to agricultural
work. Children younger than 10 years old experience one of the highest
rates of pediatric farm-related injury, according to a study by the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Ideally, non-working children should be physically separated from the
occupational and environmental hazards associated with agricultural
worksites. Safe play areas are an alternative to bringing children into
the worksite, especially when off-farm childcare is not available.
Creating Safe Play Areas on Farms provides the first comprehensive
guide for designing and building an outdoor safe play area on a farm.
It was developed for safety professionals, farm and rural community
leaders, and farm owners who want to understand important features of safe
play areas for children who live on or visit farms.