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‘Farmers must be more conscious’ - three deaths in two weeks prompts safety call across industry

Farm chiefs have reiterated a plea to farmers to be more safety aware after three farm-related deaths and a ‘near-miss’ in less than two weeks.



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Three farm deaths in two weeks prompts safety call across industry

NFU farm safety and transport adviser Tom Price said farmers should be making more of a concerted effort to maintain farm safety.

 

It came as the Health and Safety Executive confirmed a farmer was killed in Warwickshire on May 2, when a section of a tree he was moving with a tractor fell and crushed him.


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Tributes also poured in for well-known rare breed farmer and livestock conservationist Andrew Sheppy, 68, who died at his farm in Congresbury, Somerset, after a suspected fall from a ladder.

 

Mr Sheppy, known locally as Shep, was championed for his ‘enormously generous spirit’ and ‘unwavering commitment to conservation biology’.

 

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His Dexter herd was one of the few surviving pure breeds in the country.

 

Just three days later on Friday May 12, 22-year-old Chloe Lou Farrell died after suffering ‘extensive injuries’ when she was crushed by an overturned tractor at a holiday park in North Wales.

 

But an elderly farmer in Cockerham, Lancashire, survived after suffering serious injuries when he became trapped between his tractor and a post-knocker.

 

Mr Price reiterated the union’s safety messages ahead of Farm Safety Week (July 24-28), which is set to lead the industry through daily safety themes.

 

He said: “At any time of year tragedy can strike.

 

“Farmers must be more conscious of the risks they face and be much better at identifying and controlling them.

 

“Everyone has a responsibility to make sure each other is looked after.”

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