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UPDATE: Tributes paid after man dies in farm machinery incident

Tributes have been paid to ’a lovely bloke’ who died after becoming trapped in farm machinery.

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UPDATE: Tributes paid after man dies in farm machinery incident #FarmSafety

Emergency services were called to Upper Heights Road in Thornton, Bradford, just before 9pm yesterday (February 18) after receiving a report of a person trapped in farm machinery.

 

Police said a man was found with serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The man’s death is not believed to be suspicious and enquiries are continuing with the Health and Safety Executive."

 

The man has now been named locally as 60-year-old Charlie Lovell.


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Friend Maureen Moorhouse told the Telegraph & Argus: "He would help anybody out. He was so well liked.

 

"He was just a really good friend to me and my partner. He used to come most days for cups of tea. He was such a genuinely, well liked, family man.

 

"Everybody thought the world of him."

 

Another neighbour said he was always smiling and happy.

 

He said: "I’m sad, I’m really sad. Everyone knew him, he was a nice bloke."

 

The death is not believed to be suspicious.

 

A HSE spokesperson said: “HSE is aware of the incident and an inspector is at the scene assisting the police who are leading the investigation.”

Last month, The HSE said it was encouraging to see machinery safety methods had improved and working at height on farms had been ‘either totally eliminated or tightly controlled’ - but there are still improvements to be made.

 

A HSE spokesman said: “On a positive front, it looks like farmers, and those working on farms, are realising that we all have a duty to protect workers and many are now taking the right steps towards better safety.

Safety first

“Increasingly those on farms are thinking about safety first so the awareness and knowledge is there, it is now just about acting on it.

 

“Britain’s farms have come a long way but there is still a long way to go – one death is a death too many. We all have a responsibility for workplace health and safety and a part to play in helping Great Britain work well.”

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