79-year-old man dies on Suffolk farm

A 79-year-old man has died on a farm in Suffolk in what has been dubbed an “industrial incident”.

Emergency services said the man had fallen into a silo at Rishangles Lodge in Thorndon.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “Police were called to attend a farm near Eye at Thorndon on Thursday, February 14 following reports that an industrial incident had occurred.

A man, in his 70s, had sadly died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. No one else was injured.

“Emergency services have been present at the scene during the evening.

“Officers are continuing to investigate alongside colleagues from other organisations, including the Health and Safety Executive.”

A number of appliances and specialist teams from Suffolk Fire & Rescue also attended to support the operation.

Nearly half of the agricultural workers killed in 2017-18 were over 65 years of age.

Figures published in the Health and Safety Executive’s report ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017-18’ show 33 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year.

Agriculture has the highest rate of fatal injury of all the main industry sectors; around 18 times higher than the average rate across all other industries.