Warning over farm deaths

Warning over farm deaths

Published at 10:48am 16th December 2014. (Updated at 5:31pm 16th December 2014)

Farmers and landowners in Yorkshire and the North East are being urged to put safety first.

It comes as figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that the region is a black spot for fatalities.

Between April 2013 and March 2014, 11 of the country’s 31 fatal accidents in farming and associated rural industries took place in the region.

One involved an 11-year-old boy who was run over by a slurry tanker as he went to collect eggs.

Dorothy Fairburn, Regional Director of the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, said: "This figure is simply not acceptable. Behind each one of these deaths is a family tragedy, many of which could have been avoided with more care and attention to safety procedures.

"As in previous years, large farm machinery such as tractors, ploughs and slurry tankers was responsible for more deaths than any other cause.

"We are asking all of our members to be extra careful and vigilant, particularly when working with farm machinery, to ensure their families are not put through the hell of losing a loved one this Christmas."

The HSE's full report here.