HC Deb 28 January 1954 vol 522 c266W
85. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many fatal accidents and otherwise, arising out of the use of machinery, have taken place on our farms and in forests; and what steps are being taken to protect workers who are using machinery to an increasing extent.

Sir T. Dugdale

There were 232 fatal accidents in England and Wales arising from the use of machinery on farms and in forests in the years 1949 to 1952 inclusive. 62 of these accidents occurred in 1952. I have no particulars of non-fatal accidents caused in this way.

I am considering what should be done to implement the recommendations relating to agricultural workers in the Gowers' Report, which includes the protection of workers using agricultural machinery. Information is being collected which will be used to advise those concerned of the precautions they should take to protect workers from injury.