b'Farms may conjure an image of a picture-perfect landscape, with children running and playing in green fields. But farms come with their own dangers. And there have been plenty of debates and yes, arguments, over the years on what should be done to ensure the safety of children who live or work on our farms.If the family business were medicine or construction, there would be little chance of a child wielding a scalpel or tiling a roof. But on a family farm, children as young as 10 are driving quads and tractors and doing work that may be part and parcel of a rural life but that also contributes to killing and injuring children and teenagers every year.They can be dangerous places for everyone, not just children, but children are still being put at risk when playing, visiting or helping out around the farm. Its not hard to imagine a child being killed by falling off a tractor, being crushed or attacked by an animal, or suffocating in a grain silo but, as we have seen, being hit by, or run over by, farm machinery or moving vehicles remains the biggest single cause of children losing their lives on our farms.Every one of these deaths is predictable and preventable. Unfortunately this is not the view of everyone in the industry. Some accept a certain number of child fatalities as inevitable or believe the benefits of farm life for children - spending quality time with parents and family, early exposure to serious work and responsibility - outweigh the risks.Children can be eager to help out with farm work alongside other family members however, it is important to understand that each farm task has a certain level of risk associated with it.'