A Nottinghamshire based farm has been fined after a 23 year old worker sustained fatal injuries after he became trapped between two vehicles.
A court heard how the young man was working alone on the farm on 7th April 2013, transporting cattle manure from sheds to a large pile using a dumper truck. As he drove the truck with manure to the manure pile it became stuck.
It is thought that the worker attempted to free the dumper truck by using a telehandler. However as he bent down to attach the two vehicles the telehandler rolled forward, crushing him.
HSE Investigation & Sentencing
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive found that the handbrake had not been applied to the telehandler.
Lincoln Proteins Limited (formerly known as GH By-Products Limited), Windsor House, A1 Business Park, Long Bennington, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of Health and Safety at Work Act. The company was fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,286.
HSE inspector, Emma Madeley said:
“All too often within the farming community workers are injured in incidents involving farm machinery and, as in this tragic incident, killed. There were a number of opportunities to prevent the loss of this young life. Had a risk assessment been performed, along with suitable training, the necessity of carrying out the well-known industry ‘safe stop’ procedure would have been identified.
“Workers should have been given instructions about what to do if a vehicle became stuck and there should have been arrangements in place for getting help if needed.
“We can only hope farmers learn from this heart-breaking case that they are not invincible and small actions that take only a few moments of their time might save their and their workers lives.”
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Source: Health & Safety Executive