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A farm worker has been tragically crushed to death in a horror accident as he cleaned up equipment.
Bryan Thomson, 25, was cleaning a mower with a power washer when it suddenly collapsed onto him at Northhouse Farm near Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
Emergency services were called to the scene but he was sadly pronounced dead by medics on arrival, the Daily Record reports.
A fatal accident inquiry into the incident heard that Mr Thomson went to clean the Pottinger Novacast mower for winter but the link snapped and caused it to fall onto him.
Sheriff Peter Paterson ruled that his death could have been avoided had the mower been held with wooden blocks or axel supports.
He added that Mr Thomson should not have been under the mower while he was cleaning it.
In a written statement, Sheriff Paterson said: "When the tractor and mower were examined after the accident it was found that the nearside attachment point had come loose and that this was almost certainly the cause of the mower falling on the deceased.
"The most probable cause of the nearside linkage coming out of the hook was that it had been incorrectly fitted, however there was no clear evidence to this effect and therefore to a degree there is an element of speculation in this proposition.
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"Finally I would just like to reiterate the sentiments expressed by all parties about the tragic loss of such a fine young man."
After his death, his employer J. Hepburn and Co. released a statement paying tribute to Mr Thomson.
They said: "He was an incredibly hard worker often keen to go and start a job as most were finishing.
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"To many, Bryan was the face of the contracting side of the business and he was very highly thought of as a skilled operator, carrying out his work to a very high standard, with plenty of banter along the way.
"Bryan was not just an employee but, really, an integral part of a family business and was taking more responsibility for day-to-day operations."
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