Condolences expressed over tragic farm death

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The farming industry has expressed their condolences following the tragic death of a Rosehearty man on Tuesday at a field in New Deer.

71-year-old Ian Chalmers died after he was involved in an accident with a combine harvester around 3:15 on Tuesday afternoon.

Lorna Paterson, the North East Regional Manager of the National Farmers Union, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Mr Chalmers in New Deer on Tuesday afternoon, and our thoughts are with his family.”

Local Troup Councillor Hamish Partridge who knows the family also added his sympathies.

He said: “This is really sad news about Mr Chalmers and my thoughts and prayers are with all his family at this time.

“Mr Chalmers was very well known and respected in the local area as well as within the farming community and industry Mr Chambers will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

The NFU have also warned of the risks involved in farming as the industry continues to be a dangerous job in terms of safety records.

Ms Paterson said: “While our farmers are among the best in the world, the farming industry continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK and Ireland.

“Farmers work so hard, and for very long hours, in challenging conditions.”

The NFU Regional Manager stated that such conditions leave farmers more susceptible to injury.

She said: “This often means they are more prone to be at risk of injury, and as in this case, fatality, during their hectic day.”

The NFU has encouraged Scottish farmers and their staff to read the Don’t Leave It To FATE leaflet produced by the Scottish Farm Safety Partnership to try and improve Scotland’s farm safety record and avoid further death and injury.

Ms Paterson said: “All farm accidents are shocking and dreadfully sad.”