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Figures reveal agriculture death toll

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Figures from the Health and Safety Executive said a total of 33 people died across Britain in the 12 months to the end of March.The incidents in Scotland included a 76-year-old farmer who was crushed by a bull.A 62-year-old farmer drowned while tending to oysters being grown on the seabed, while a farm worker was crushed beneath a tractor trailer as he carried out repairs.

William Barne, from the Edinburgh office of insurance firm Lycetts, said: "Agriculture's high fatality rate significantly outstrips that of other industries."It is more than five times higher than the second most risky industry – construction – which really drives home just how hazardous an industry it is."

An analysis of the HSE data by Lycetts suggested that over the last five years, an average of seven people died Scotland each year.Over the same period, there were an average of five annual deaths in the South West and in Yorkshire and Humber.

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