Warning over farming deaths

AN AGRICULTURAL expert is urging farmers to be vigilant after four people were killed on farms in the region in a year.

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 33 people across Britain were killed in the agricultural industry in 2017/18 – three more than the previous year.  

These findings have further cemented agriculture’s reputation as the riskiest industry to work in, with it reporting the highest fatal injury rate, which is around 18 times higher than the all industry rate.

Johnny Denman, of rural insurance specialist Lycetts’ West Sussex office, said: ‘Agriculture’s high fatality rate significantly outstrips that of other industries.

‘It is more than five times higher than the second most-risky industry, construction, which really drives home just how hazardous an industry it is.’