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Coroner’s verdict on tragic farm death

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tractorTHE INQUEST into the death of Pembrokeshire farmer has returned a verdict of accidental death. 

Last year, farming bosses had warned of the dangers of working in the agricultural industry following the fatal accident that occurred on October 13. Llanrhian farm worker Gerraint Stuart Rees was killed in an accident involving ploughing equipment in Hereford. The 40-year-old, who lived on Rectory Road, Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire, died while working on land owned by S T Leighton and Sons and was the second fatal accident involving a Welsh farmer during a period of only a few weeks. The inquest heard how DI Martyn Barnes, investigations officer, had ascertained that Mr Rees must have slipped, due possibly to uneven ground and possible fallen beneath the tractor, his body would then have been caught under the drill. The vehicle was deemed to be road worthy by vehicle examiner Robert Beales and Health and Safety Executive employee, Christopher Gregory, confirmed that Mr Rees had attempted to climb on to the moving tractor, resulting in the accident. In a statement released by the Hereford company Court Farm, Nicholas Leighton said at the time: “Geraint was well liked by everyone on the farm and he was a valued employee. This was a tragic event and our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time. I will assist the authorities with any further inquiries they may have.” Detectives from Hereford CID determined the death was not suspicious. The fatality had come just a week after new Health and Safety Executive figures revealed agriculture was still one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. NFU Cymru President, Ed Bailey said: “While incidents like this are thankfully very rare, it highlights the fact that we as farmers must be aware of the potential risks when operating machinery.” He stated that latest statistics show a fall in the number of workers killed in Britain, and continued, by saying: “I am pleased to see the statistic come down and hope that this is a reflection of the farm safety initiative and a greater level of awareness, but one death is still too many.” Taken as a whole, there are 78.5 injuries per 100,000 employees in the workplace, but farming alone has 239.4 major injuries per 100,000.

 

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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