Jeremy Clarkson receives warning after risky accidents on farm: ‘Most painful way to die’
Jeremy Clarkson gives update on Diddly Squat Farm Shop
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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has spoken out on the reasons why farming has been branded “the most dangerous job in the country”. The former Top Gear presenter keeps busy alongside his TV career by working on his Diddly Squat Farm in Chadlington, Oxfordshire.
However, the star acknowledges that farming comes with many risks, and revealed he has been warned that “being crushed” under his tractor would be “the most painful way to die”.
Jeremy has also witnessed men who have been working alongside him on his farm suffering from accidents recently.
The incidents have made him worry about embarking on work on the automatic door on his new barn after it broke.
He explained: “Only recently a chap who works for me was up a wooden stepladder painting a beam when the top rung snapped.
“This caused him to fall, with one leg on one side of the ladder and one on the other.
“As both his hands were full of painting stuff, he couldn’t brace himself, which meant he broke the next rung down with his testicles, and then the next and then the next until eventually he was at floor level. Incredibly he didn’t spill any paint.
“I can still hear the shrill, keening noise he made, though, so there’s no way I was going to try to unjam my barn door while perched on a long wooden killing machine. Especially when I have a JCB telehandler.”
Fortunately for The Grand Tour host, he has not yet met the same painful fate as his co-workers.
He added in his latest column for The Sunday Times: “My tractor driver had to go to hospital when he got a fertiliser pellet in his ear — don’t ask — and another guy nail-gunned his leg to a scaffolding board, but me?
“I’m still the same shape as I was. There are no new holes. And all my limbs are still attached.
“This makes me unusual as farming remains, by far, the most dangerous job in the country.”
It comes after Farmers Weekly reported that over the past 12 months, over 50 people have died while working in UK agriculture, marking the highest figure for 25 years.
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Jeremy went on to share his fears about “toppling over” and falling underneath his tractor after experiencing a close call last year.
The presenter explained: “Another issue in farming is being crushed.
“I don’t even want to think about that, but soon I shall have to because it’s that time of year when I have to cultivate my game covers. And one is located on a precipitous slope.
“Last year I was almost sitting on the side window of my tractor as I went along and I was acutely aware that at any moment it could topple over and that I’d end up underneath it, being pushed into the ground like a tent peg.
“I’m told this is the most painful way to die.”
“But I reckon being burnt alive would be worse, and that’s another peril I face once a month when the time comes to burn some stuff that won’t light because it’s a bit damp,” Jeremy divulged.
The star began working on his home, which has been built on his Diddly Squat Farm estate, from scratch after he blew up his former home for an episode of The Grand Tour alongside co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.
The car enthusiast lives in his new house with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan and her daughter, 18-year-old Ali, from a previous relationship.
The father-of-three has been in a relationship with Lisa since 2017.
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