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I had only just finished reading about how dangerous the farming industry is when I read that a Scottish salmon farming company had been fined £70,000 after a worker drowned at its site at Loch Heather.

The worker tragically lost his life after a boat he and his colleagues were in capsized. An investigation carried out after the accident by the Health and Safety Executive established that risk assessments carried out by the company were inadequate. An inquiry heard that the boat being used to travel back and forth to the fish cages at the site was frequently overloaded. In addition although buoyancy equipment was available no clear instructions in the use of the equipment had been provided.

My friends at Thompsons have assisted the loved ones of all too many people who have been fatally injured during the course of their employment. I hope that organisations start to take on board the training given the HSE and other organisations and recognise that regulations regarding safety if followed properly and as they should be save lives.

 

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