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Inquiry date for farmer death

Posted in: Falls from Heights Workplace Injuries Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A fatal accident inquiry has been scheduled following the death of a farmer in Dumfries and Galloway. The 62-year-old livestock farmer, Willie Davidson, had been working at Poldean Farm near Moffat when the accident happened in January of last year. He died as a result of falling from a 30ft (9m) shed.

The Crown Office has announced that an inquiry is to be held into the circumstances of the workplace death of Mr Davidson. He had been a well-known figure in the farming community of southwest Scotland, having played an active role in the Young Farmers movement and NFU Scotland. Mr Davidson had also been a director of the Royal Highland Show, and a chairman of Dumfries Agricultural Show. 

“Willie was a stalwart of the farming industry”

Mr Davidson, alongside many other farmers, lost all of his livestock in the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak. Following this, he joined a support group to help other farmers affected by the disaster.

The hearing will take place over a two-day period at Dumfries Sheriff Court from the 14th of May.

Farmer from Lockerbie, Robin Spence, had known Mr Davidson for over 30 years. He said that he had been a very well respected man and was sorely missed. “Willie was a stalwart of the farming industry throughout his career — in the Young Farmers, NFU Scotland and local shows,” he said.

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