Fatalities on Scottish farms hit seven-year high

The
number of workers killed on Scottish farms has reached its highest level since
1996 according to the latest official figures from the Health and Safety
Executive.

The
records show that the Scottish agricultural industry claimed the lives of 11
people during 2002/2003.

Dr
Roger Nourish said the findings were particularly disappointing as most of the
deaths could have been avoided.

He
said they marked a worrying trend, with prevalent increases in fatal accidents
among the self-employed and over 65s.

www.hse.gov.uk/agriculture

By Ross Wigham

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