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Farm worker dies after being struck by falling bales

A farm worker has died after unstrapping bales loaded onto a flat-bed vehicle.

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Farm worker dies after being struck by falling bales

The incident took place in Cheshire on Wednesday December 2.

 

It is understood the bales fell from the vehicle onto the farm worker.

 

A spokesperson from Cheshire Police said: "At 11.20am on Wednesday December 2 police were called to the sudden death of a 45-year-old man at a farm on Chester High Road in Neston.

 

"An investigation took place between Cheshire Police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


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"The man’s next of kin has been informed and is being supported by specialist officers.


"Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 864303."

 

 

A University of Liverpool spokesperson, said: "It is with deep regret that we learned of the tragic death of a man working for one of Wood Park Farm’s suppliers last week.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the bereaved, to whom we offer our sincere condolences at this time.

“We are supporting the relevant authorities with their enquiries.”

 

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesperson added: “Fatal and serious injuries occur every year from activities associated with work with bales.”

 

Guidance can be found in HSE’s free leaflet safe working with bales in agriculture.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance for moving bales

HSE has advised anyone moving bales should:

 

  • Use properly designed, constructed and maintained bale handling equipment and trailers or vehicles that allow loads to be secured to them. Always de-stack the bales in the reverse order of stacking and be aware that bales may have settled during transport or storage.
  • Ensure that bales are stacked safely on trailers. Do not stack bales beyond the edge of the trailer. Secure loads with straps or ropes and double-strap bales at the rear as these tend to sway the most.
  • When unloading, be aware of the risks of falling bales particularly if the ground is uneven or if the weather is wet and windy - the vehicle may need to be moved or work delayed.
  • Devices for handling bales, such as clamps, grabs, and spikes should be suitable for the type of bale being handled.
  • Do not lift or stack higher than the capability of the handling equipment being used.
  • Keep people out of the work area when building stacks, de-stacking or loading/unloading vehicles.
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