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New campaign to cut farm accidents in Scotland

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A new campaign has been launched to cut the number of accidents on farms in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

NFU Scotland is urging agricultural workers to always make safety a priority and follow simple steps to reduce possible dangers.

Figures show Scotland has among the worst farm safety record in the UK with five deaths last year.

“One death or injury on Scotland’s farms and crofts is frankly one too many and as an industry we need to take action to make a conscious effort to put our safety, and that of those living and working around us as a priority.

“Whether it is carrying out maintenance to a roof, checking over a machine, or working in a field with power lines, injuries and deaths through accidents most of the time are preventable by taking simple steps and precautions.

“This campaign encourages farmers and crofters to make a point of ensuring their working environment is safe to help us work together to reduce the death and injury toll on our farms and crofts.

“This autumn, it is about Your Safety, Your Choice, and as the darker nights draw in, and many are rushing to get the job done it is important to take a step back to make sure you are working safely.”

– Scott Walker, Chief Executive NFU Scotland