TWO forestry workers have been killed in work-related accidents in the past year, according to HSE figures.

The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Summary of fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2019/20 report summarises fatalities from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

The report stated that a 52-year-old forestry worker in the south-east of England was killed when he was struck by a falling tree. He was felling trees in a woodland with a chainsaw, whils his colleague operated a winch. He had made some felling cuts on the trunk and was walking away from the tree when it fell, crushing him.

A 27-year-old self-employed forestry work in the Yorkshire and Humber region was killed when he was struck by a falling branch. He was felling trees with a chainsaw and dislodged a branch from another tree. He died in hospital from serious head injuries.

A 44-year-old self-employed farm partner in Wales also died after being struck by a tree. He had left the farmhouse to trim hawthorn with a chainsaw and was found trapped under a fallen tree.

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