Agricultures fatality figures a disgrace
EIGHT children and 55 adults died in accidents in farming, horticulture and forestry in the year ending Apr 1997.
Highlighting the 40% increase in its annual report at the show, the Health and Safety Executives chief agricultural inspector David Mattey said all the deaths could have been avoided.
Everyone in the industry had to be responsible for working safely and would have to become more safety-conscious, warned Mr Mattey.
Last years death toll took agricultures fatality rate to nearly 10 per 100,000 people in the industry, that was 10 times the all-industries rate and even worse than the construction industrys.
Barry Leathwood of the Transport and General Workers Union said that the figures were "an absolute disgrace". There should be more inspectors on farms, prosecuting breaches of safety regulations, he said. *