Bill Wiggin MP fought to prevent needless deaths in the countryside yesterday.
Bill Wiggin MP, for North Herefordshire, presented a 10 Minute Rule Bill in Parliament on Wednesday 9 April urging for better recording of agricultural accidents.
Since becoming an MP two of Mr Wiggin’s constituents have been killed in accidents with cattle and The Health and Safety Executive has reported another six deaths between April and December 2013.
In Parliament Mr Wiggin said: “24 deaths in four years is far too many; without taking action to address the situation.
“Increased information and learning might help us to prevent future incidences.
“We need to ensure the relevant changes are made to legislation now so that the Health and Safety Executive record the appropriate details.
“Once this vital information starts to be recorded I believe it will prove a useful tool to farmers, for their spouses and all those working in agriculture or walking in the country.
“I want to help people make sensible and informed decisions on the type of cattle they buy, farm and place in fields which have public access.”
After presenting his Bill, Mr Wiggin said: “Like many I have always been frustrated by the Health and Safety Executive and the lack of information they record following incidents with cattle.
“I decided this would be the best option for me to introduce legislation that could help protect farmers, walkers and all those who use the countryside from unnecessary danger.”