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Nottinghamshire farm fined more than £90,000 following death of young worker

A farm in Nottinghamshire has been fined following the death of a young worker, when he became trapped between two vehicles.



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Lincoln Proteins was fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,286
Lincoln Proteins was fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,286

Lincoln Crown Court found Lincoln Proteins, Northamptonshire guilty of breaching section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act after the death of a farm worker in April 2013.

 

The 23-year-old farm worker sustained fatal injuries during the incident at Park Farm, Gainsborough when he became trapped between two vehicles.

 

The court heard how the young worker was working alone on the farm when his dumper truck got stuck in a pile of manure on April 7, 2013.

 

Incident

 

He was using the truck to transport cattle manure from the sheds to a large pile in the field. As he drove the fully laden truck up the manure heap it became stuck.

 

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found that the handbrake had not been applied to the telehandler.

 

It is thought the worker was using a telehandler to free the dumper truck and when he was bending down to attach the two vehicles, the telehandler rolled forward and crushed him.

 

Lincoln Proteins (formerly known as GH By-Products), Long Bennington, Northamptonshire, was fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,286 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of Health and Safety at Work Act.

 

Tragic

 

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.

 

Learning

 

"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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