Farm injuries up by nine per cent

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The number of injuries on farms has risen by 9 per cent in the past year, according to statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Between April 2011 and March 2012 the agricultural industry recorded 1,033 injuries, an increase of 9 per cent on the 948 accidents in the previous 12 months.

More than 670 of those were serious, forcing workers to take more than three days’ absence.