26 June 1998
Overlap checks on fields hold up arable payments

SCOTTISH farm deaths fell to their second-lowest level this decade last year, but the Health and Safety Executive still said the industry was failing to recognise danger.

Total fatalities reached nine, compared with 12 in the previous year. David Mattey, the HSEs chief agricultural inspector, said: “Every one of the deaths could have been avoided by using a different piece of equipment”.

Four people died in transport-related incidents. Three deaths last year were in the forestry industry.

  • The Herald 26/06/98 page 26