Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster is encouraging everyone to take care when in the countryside. The message comes in support of Farm Safety Week (19-23 July) as a timely reminder to those who work and farm in the countryside, and to those who visit for recreation.
HSENI Chief Executive Robert Kidd said: “The countryside offers many attractions all year around. Camping, fishing, general sight-seeing and walking, especially in the summertime, it attracts an increasing number of visitors.
“Our advice is simple. Always be mindful of the natural dangers and hazards that exist in the countryside.
“Farm animals may look friendly, but they are not pets. All animals present a risk and can quickly become agitated and aggressive when disturbed. Large animals, such as bulls, cows and calves can cause serious injury or even death.
“By following the Countryside Code, and respecting private farm land, everyone can enjoy a safe and enjoyable visit.”
The farming community plays a vital role and they are being asked to continue with their work in helping keep everyone safe by erecting warning signs advising of local dangers such as hedge cutting; ensuring all gates are closed; and taking extra care when operating farm vehicles on public roads.
Visitors to the countryside should keep to marked paths. Cyclists, and horse riders, should ensure that they can be seen by others by wearing bright, contrasting clothing by day and reflective clothing at night.
The Countryside Code can be found under Resources at: https://www.hseni.gov.uk/articles/farm-safety-partnership