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Two farmers killed and another lucky to be alive after separate incidents

The toll of farm deaths continues with news that a farmer has lost his life in an incident involving a fork lift truck.

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It is understood Graham Shaw, 54, of Peattie Farm near Coupar Angus was handling big bags of fertiliser on Sunday afternoon when he became trapped between the machine and a wall.


A spokesman for Police Scotland said they were called at 12.04pm to report of an industrial incident.

 

The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating.

 

Only a few days earlier Berneray crofter Hector McLeod, 58, was found dead in his farm buildings having apparently been attacked by a bull which he had reared from a young age.

 

There were no witnesses but the pen which held the bull had been flattened.


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Both these tragedies have struck as Farming Safety Partnership Scotland launched a campaign urging those who work on farms not leave it to FATE, the acronym for falls, animals, transport and equipment.

 

Statistics show that these remain the four most common cause of farm fatalities.

 

Farmers Guardian is a member of the Farm Saftety Partnership and only last week reported on a re-energising of the campaign.

 

Meanwhile in Ireland, Brendan McLaughin, 66, a farmer at Manorcunningham and vice president of the Irish Farmers Association in Donegal is counting himself lucky to have survived a incident with newly calved heifer which turned on him as he was treating its calf.

 

Despite having a pen with an escape gate he only just managed to haul himself into the feed trough. Surgery revealed that one of his legs was broken in three places.

 

"My mobile phone was my saviour. I managed to phone my wife Bried,” he said.

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