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Man dies after incident with tractor and trailer on farm

A man has died following an incident involving an agricultural tractor and trailer on a farm in Pembrokeshire.

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Police are investigating after emergency services were called to Lancych in Boncath at 10:20am on Tuesday.

 

A 61-year-old man was injured and taken to hospital where he later died.

 

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and the man’s family is being supported by a police officer.


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NFU vice president Guy Smith said: "The way we manage risk on our farms simply has to improve.

 

"Farming accounts for 1% of the UK’s workforce, yet 20% of all workplace deaths in Britain happen within the farming industry.

 

"It is demoralising and frustrating that many of these fatalities occur in similar circumstances, and that these accidents could easily have been avoided.

 

"Receiving notifications of deaths on farms is the worst part of my job, and I don’t want to receive any more.

 

"This is a call for the industry as a whole to come together and minimise risk so that all farmers can work confidently and safely for years to come."

 

In 2016, thirty people were killed in UK agriculture, including one child. Around half of the workers killed were over 65.

 

Whilst categories fluctuate year by year the five main causes of death are:

  • Struck by farm vehicles
  • Trapped by something collapsing
  • Struck by an object
  • Contact with electricity
  • Falling from height

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