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WorkSafe: Farm safety story book launched in wake of tragedy

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

A woman who lost her partner in a farm incident has launched a book to keep children safe on the farm.

Harriet Bremner’s partner James died in a farm machinery incident in Hakataramea Valley in January 2017. Now, her new book, Be Safe, Be Seen, sees her miniature dachshund Poppy take on the challenges of keeping safe on the farm as a little dog.

Primary School teacher Harriet hopes that kids will heed the safety messages in the book and that families reading the book to their children will be reminded to make safe choices at work every day.

"It’s about looking at the jobs to be done and making sure they can be done safely before you get started on them," says Harriet.

"If I can keep just one family together, because someone thinks twice about where they take the quad bike or heading back out to get a job done when they are exhausted, then my story has served a really important purpose."

Al McCone, WorkSafe’s engagement lead for agriculture said the book told a positive story to get kids thinking about being healthy and safe on farm.

"It’s an important time of the year for Harriet’s book to come out with school holidays and the Christmas break seeing more kids out on the farm enjoying our Kiwi summer.

"Three children have died on New Zealand farms this year and agriculture continues to have a tragic record for fatalities on farm. This needs to be turned around. We’re encouraging farmers to make sensible decisions and be aware of the risks on the farm and Harriet’s story is one way that families can connect with these actions."

The book will be officially launched tonight at a local event at Brew Moon in Amberley, North Canterbury, Monday 10th December from 6pm.

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