1. ITV Report

Warning over farm safety after three killed on farms in the East

The youngest worker to be killed on a farm was 18. Credit: PA

Farmers are being told to be vigilant after it was revealed three people have been killed on farms in this region in the last year.

Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show agriculture had the highest rate of fatal injury, about 18 times higher than other industries.

The main causes of death on farms were:

  • People being struck by vehicles
  • Trapped by something collapsing
  • Being struck by an object
  • Contact with electricity
  • Falling from a height
  • Injured by an animal
George Munns was lucky not to lose his arm after it was caught in machinery. Credit: ITV News Anglia

George Munns from Cambridgeshire nearly lost his arm after it got stuck in machinery.

It took him two years to recover from his injuries, and he was away from his farm for six months.

He is now fully fit and warning farmers to stay safe on farms, especially while working under pressure.

Safety is the issue on farms. It is an appalling record farming has got.

We don't want farmers walking around without their limbs and people losing their lives, it is not good enough. We need to take more attention.

– George Munns
HSE's research shows that vehicle-related activities consistently lead to more deaths. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In total, 30 people have been killed on British farms in the past year - making agriculture the riskiest industry to work in.

Nearly half of the workers killed in agriculture were over 65 and more than 85% of workers killed were over the age of 45.