Farm deaths down

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Deaths on farms were down last year, but it is still vital that everyone in the industry plays their part in avoiding accidents.

That was the message from the NFU’s Farm Safety Partnership in response to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive.

The statistics show 29 workers and seven members of the public died in accidents on agricultural premises last year. In 2011/12, 35 workers and six members of the public died on farms. However, agriculture remains the sector with the highest rate of fatal injuries.

NFU adviser Benjamin Ellis said it was vital everyone took action to prevent accidents.