Figures relating to farming’s escalating death toll are based on official notifications and accident reports for the year to date. It includes farmers, farmworkers and contractors, some well over retirement age, as well as children. These figures will be confirmed in July when the Health and Safety Executive in Great Britain and Northern Ireland publish their official annual accident reports.
The type of accidents seen on farm are depressingly familiar; often involving unsafe working practices. They include falls from height, being struck by a moving object or vehicle, being trapped or crushed and being killed by or fatally injured by livestock. The latest figures include five members of the public who were killed in separate incidents after being trampled by cattle while out walking during the Covid-19 lockdown.