Safety campaigner farmer under fire for posting 'kids in the cab' tractor video
Published 01/11/2016 | 11:00
A farmer who campaigns on safety issues has posted a video of himself giving his two young children a high-speed ride in a turbo-charged tractor.
John McClean, from Co Antrim, is the man behind farmtv.com - a website committed to supporting health and safety on Northern Ireland farms.
Bizarrely, the video of the tractor incident sits alongside warnings from Mr McClean about the dangers and tragic consequences of, rushing to meet the recent slurry deadline.
He ends one video with the words "Be careful, farm safe", and on his Facebook site he writes: "You're making us think about how to operate safely, so give us your tips to staying safe..."
Mr McClean did not respond to questions about the video.
Ulster Farmers Union president Ian Marshall commended Mr McClean for his attempts to heighten awareness around safety issues in the industry, but he said that children should not be in a moving tractor.
"We have to raise a note of caution with all farmers as regards carrying children in tractors because we know it is dangerous," said Mr Marshall.
"Glarryford farmer Wallace Gregg's eight-year-old son James fell out of a tractor last year and was badly injured.