Police investigate hill farm death

A man has been found dead on a farm in the Scottish Borders, police have confirmed.

The body of the 64-year-old man was found at 1.20am on Tuesday (12 August) at Heriot Hill Farm, Heriot, about 20 miles south of Edinburgh.

A Police Scotland spokesman said that the incident was being treated as a workplace accident.

He added that officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive during this inquiry.

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The HSE was unable to provide any more detail on the death but a spokesman confirmed that two accident inspectors had visited the farm on 12 August to begin the investigation.

The Heriot Hill Farm death is the second to hit the Borders region in a month.

Farmworker Zach Fox, 19, from Hawick, died after falling into a 50ft high silo at Deanfoot Farm near the village of Denholm on 1 August.

Fire crews from Hawick and Jedburgh cut a hole in the silo to pull the teenager out. Medics tried to resuscitate him but he could not be revived.

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