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Farmer dies after being hit by a livestock wagon at an auction  

A farmer has died after he was hit by a livestock wagon at a cattle mart in North Yorkshire.

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Farmer dies after being hit by a livestock wagon at an auction  

The incident took place on Wednesday October 7 at Ruswarp livestock mart, Whitby, North Yorkshire.

 

In a statement, auctioneer Robert Smith said: "During a livestock sale at Ruswarp Mart on October 7 there was a tragic accident involving a farmer client who was injured by a hauler’s vehicle, exiting our market loading docks.

 

"The incident was attended by North Yorkshire Police and the injured party was airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after assistance from paramedic first responders, the fire brigade and ambulance staff on the scene.


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"We have kept in close contact with the family since the incident and tracked our client’s progress.

 

"Sadly we heard this weekend that the gentleman that had been injured died in hospital following surgery.

 

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time and our community are grieving the loss."

 

A HSE spokesperson added: “Being run over by farm vehicles is a major cause of death and serious injury in agriculture.

 

“Work should be planned to keep people away from moving farm vehicles.”

 

Guidance on safe workplace transport and stop start is available on the HSE website.

 

HSE guidance:

  • Vehicle routes should be away from pedestrian routes/doors/gates/exits so people are not put at risk.
  • Drivers must be made aware if there may be pedestrians in the work area, and make sure they can see pedestrians and vice versa.
  • Drivers must be trained.
  • Ensure mirrors are fitted, properly adjusted and clean.
  • Pedestrians should follow designated safe routes and ideally wear hi-vis clothing.

 

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