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Aileen Campbell MSP, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has today highlighted Farm Safety Week 2015. The annual event, launched in 2013, aims to cut the amount of accidents in the farming industry. In 2014/15 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded, with 33 also being the average over the preceding 5 years.

The initiative is promoted by the Scottish Government, NFU Scotland, the Health and Safety Executive and NFU Mutual, working as the Farm Safety Partnership in Scotland. Each day there is advice on different issues available, from falls to child safety.

Aileen commented:

"As someone who was brought up on a farm, I know all too well some of the dangers that come about from the nature of the work involved. As Farm Safety Week 2015 gets underway I would encourage local farmers to have a look at some of the advice on offer to keep themselves safe on the farm."

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead added his support for the joint initiative saying:

"Farm Safety Week is much-needed to help raise awareness of safety issues on Scotland’s farms. There are four causes that account for over 70 per cent of work-related deaths on Scotland’s farms - falls from height is one of them, along with transport, equipment and cattle handling. I hope this will be a life-saving initiative to tackle the high numbers of accidents and fatalities in the agriculture industry, which is the highest in any working environment across these islands."

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