A farm worker has escaped with serious injuries after he was trapped beneath a tractor in Burland, Cheshire on Saturday (November 17).

Emergency services were called at around 10:40am and remained on-scene for an hour and 20 minutes as they carefully worked to free the man.

A combination of farm machinery, airbags and timber cribbing was used in the operation.

Two fire engines from Crewe and Nantwich attended as well as the major rescue unit from Winsford and ambulance service paramedics.

The man had suffered serious injuries and, once freed, he was passed into the care of the ambulance service and taken to hospital.

Farm-related incidents

It comes less than a week after the latest Northern Irish farm accident figures were released.

Farm-related fatalities increased by one with seven deaths and construction fatalities remained unchanged with three fatalities in 2017-18 as in the previous year.

HSENI’s acting chief executive Bryan Monson said: “Farming still has a poor safety record, with seven deaths compared to six the previous year.

"Any one of the four main causes – Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment – can cause a serious injury or farm death. Sadly in 2017-18, we are still seeing too many accidents of all types on farms," Monson explained.

Many of the risks encountered can be minimised by taking a moment to stop and think about safety and taking simple measures to keep themselves and other on the farm safe - failing to do so ultimately results in tragedy.

"No matter what sector people work in, everyone has the right to come home safe and well after a day’s work but the statistics clearly show some parts of some industries need to do more."