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'Gone too soon' - tributes pour in for much-loved farmer after tragic accident

Tributes have been paid to a farmer killed in a tragic accident in Yorkshire.



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PICTURES: Huddersfield Examiner
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Father-of-three Richard Bray is believed to have been electrocuted on farmland off Netherwood Lane in Marsden on Thursday (May 18).

 

He was found badly burned in a tractor at around 4.20pm and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The 58-year-old is married to Jen and the couple, who live in Halifax, have three grown-up children, April, Joseph and Rachael and have been married for 33 years.

 

His sister-in-law, Rachael Staite, said the family needs answers as to what led to the tragedy.

 

She told the Huddersfield Examiner: “There was a power cut in Marsden at around 1.52pm yesterday and then Richard was found in his tractor shortly after 4pm. He had suffered very severe burns from the waist down.”

 

She said she understood he may have driven over a live power cable.

 

“Richard was a very sensible guy who knew about electricity so someone has to be held accountable for this.”

 


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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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Tributes to Richard have poured in on Facebook.

 

Wendy Burns posted: "Gone too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. May you rest in peace. x."

 

Davina Buckell added: "I am so shocked, such a sad loss. RIP. Love & thoughts to his family. xx."

 

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to a report of a work-related death in Marsden on Thursday afternoon with officers alongside paramedics attending a farm on Netherwood Lane, in Marsden at around 16.18.


“A 58-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Coroner have both been notified.

 

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

 

NFU farm safety and transport advisor Tom Price 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.

 

“When moving into school holidays, make sure the risks presented by having children on-farm is factored in too.

 

“Everyone has a responsibility to make sure younger and more vulnerable people are looked after.”

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