Storybook encourages safety
by Ann van Engelen
Primary school teacher Harriet Bremner has launched her children’s storybook based on keeping children safe on farms and hopes that families will be reminded to make safe choices at work every day.
Harriet’s partner James died in a farm machinery incident in Hakataramea Valley in January 2017 and her book Be Safe, Be Seen, sees Poppy her miniature dachshund take on the challenges of keeping safe on the farm as a little dog.
“It is 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.”
WorkSafe’s Al McCone says it is an important time of the year for Harriet’s book to come out with the Christmas break seeing more children out on farms.
“Three children have died on New Zealand farms this year, and agriculture continues to have a tragic record for fatalities on-farm. It needs to be turned around.
“We are 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 can be purchased at gurtandpops.com/products/be-safe-be-seen.