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The Dangers of Farming

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and NFU Scotland have called on farmers to take extra care following the conclusion of a fatal accident inquiry into the tragic death of Lauder farmer, Jim Sharp earlier this year.

The 66-year-old died after he became entangled with a sweep auger in a grain silo.

The safety message also follows the launch of a newly formed farm safety partnership in Scotland in August. Members include NFU Scotland, NFU Mutual, Scottish Government, and HSE.  

The Farm Safety Partnership for Scotland will focus on four key areas:

  • falls from height;
  • livestock incidents;
  • workplace transport;
  • and machinery incidents.

These four areas account for around 70% of the fatal injuries in Scotland and also feature in the leaflet “Don’t leave it to FATE” (Falls, Animals, Transport and Equipment) and are as relevant to England and Wales as they are in Scotland.  

“The tragic death of Mr Sharp has once again brought home the dangers involved in the farming industry, particularly when working with agricultural machinery,” said HSE inspector Hazel Dobb.

“We are working closely with the industry and NFU Scotland to highlight the dangers and would urge all those involved in the industry to take care and remember the safe stop procedure when working with machinery,” she added.

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