A 39-year-old father of one has died in a farming accident in Northern Scotland after he was dragged into a combine harvester.
The man suffered severe head injuries when his body was caught up in the machinery of the Class Lexion 460 last week.
The man was working with his father, also a farmer at the time. The two were trying to remove straw which had become wedged inside the machine and stopped it from working. He removed the blockage and the machine was set off pulling him into the combine.
The police, an ambulance and firefighters were all called to the scene but the man was declared dead at the scene.
A local friend from Turriff, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family and friends at this difficult and tragic time.
He also said that ‘farming will never be a risk-free occupation’ and ‘workers will be required to deal with dangerous machinery particularly so at harvest time when stress and tiredness levels will be higher’.
The man has been described by friends as a ‘hard worker’ who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
A joint police and Health And Safety Investigation into the incident is now in operation.
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Published on 16th February 2015.