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Farming Kills Five People In Cornwall Each Year

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 7th June 2014.

Pirate FM has learnt up to five farmers in Cornwall are killed each year by the dangers of the job.

Many more are left seriously injured or paralysed and unable to work.

NFU Mutual reckons it is down to handling livestock and heavy machinery, often alone.

But now a new campaign is launching to help them work safely.

The Farm Safety Foundation will run courses at colleges across the Duchy.

NFU Mutual have been at the Royal Cornwall Show with a computer game called 'Keep Clive Alive', where people have to save Clive the farmer by clicking to react before he gets injured on the farm.

Spokesperson Tim Price tells us the campaign could help save lives. He said: "Reaction times are slow when you are tired, particularly at harvest, you have got to make sure you are on top of your game because farming is a harsh business, these big machines don't give you a second chance, think before you do something, it only takes half a second to think switch if off, put the brake on."

"If you have got an injury like a broken leg or a broken arm you are likely to be off work farming for months, and that can cost an absolute fortune, but even worse if you are left permanently disabled for farmers who are used to being outside and their own bosses, it's a huge change to their lives."

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