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Safety warning as two die and two injured in wall collapse on UK farm

While the workers were not farmers, the incident has raised concerns about health and safety risk on-farm.

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Safety warning as two die and two injured in wall collapse on UK farm

Farm businesses have been urged to make farm safety a priority after two men died when a wall they were working on collapsed.

 

The two workers were named this week as 53-year-old Peter Walker, Blackburn, and James Henderson, 48, Grangemouth, following the incident on Monday (May 6) at a farm in the Falkirk area of Scotland.

 

Two other men, aged 21 and 36, were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, and the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, after both obtaining serious injuries.


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While the workers were not farmers, the incident has raised concerns about health and safety risk on-farm.

 

NFU farm safety adviser Tom Price said: “Events like these are really harrowing for the farming industry. The NFU is working hard to raise awareness of risks on-farm and how to minimise them, and we are now seeing the industry pulling together to get the message out to farmers and their workers.

 

Investigations

“The NFU is determined to get to a point where there are no fatalities within our line of work, and where farmers can work confidently and safely doing the job they love.”

 

Detective chief inspector Jim Thomson, of Forth Valley CID, said a multi-agency investigation was underway to establish exactly what happened.

 

Inquiries into the incident are still ongoing.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 1081 of May 6.

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