Agriculture deaths ‘higher in Scotland’ says BBC – they are in fact lower – FAKE NEWS!!!
No, they are not.
In a report on the BBC Scotland News Network we are presented with the headline:
Agriculture deaths ‘higher in Scotland’
I’ll come back to the speech marks. Regardless, the headline is wrong. In fact, agricultural deaths, per head of worker, are lower in Scotland than in the UK as a whole. Given the different size of the worker populations in the two areas being compared, crude figures are meaningless. Only a per capita or ratio figure is statistically meaningful and crucially, informative for the reader.
The article provides the total number of deaths in Scotland as 5 in 2017/18 and 33 in England, in the same year.