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Tributes pour in after two farmers killed in work-related incidents

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating after two farmers were killed in work-related incidents in the space of two days.



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Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the death of a 33-year-old man from Holsworthy who died after becoming trapped under a trailer at a farm in Devon.

 

The man, named locally as Todd Riggs, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Police were called by the ambulance service at around 1pm on Tuesday after a man was found trapped under a trailer.

 

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "It would appear that the trailer has gone over the top of the man.

 

"The man was declared deceased by the ambulance service at the scene.

 

"Police attended the scene and members of the serious collision investigation unit were aware.

 

"It would appear that no other vehicles were involved."


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Tributes have been pouring in for Mr Riggs on social media.

 

Claire Bellew, Devon YFC county chairman, posted: "Yesterday we lost a huge character within our Devon YFC family. Todd Riggs - you were always the life and soul of the party and always made people laugh.

 

"So many great memories with you at AGMs and ski trips! You will be missed by so many and this is a devastating reminder that we all need to take a minute and ensure we are safe out on farms during this busy time of year."

 

Sara Jayne Bridgman added: "It is absolutely gutting to hear that we have lost an absolute legend today! Not only was he the life an soul of the party but he was loved by all and the passion he had for his farming community and clubs and organisations will never be forgotten!

 

"Heaven has gained a true hero and you will be greatly missed Todd Riggs!!! R.I.P xx"

Elsewhere, police in Essex are investigating the death of a farmer in Southminster.

 

A HSE spokeswoman said: “We have been notified by Essex Police about the death of a man on a farm in Northwycke on Wednesday, July 19.

 

“It was a work-related death. HSE is assisting with police on the investigation.”

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