Farming death: £100k fine after worker killed
A farming partnership has been fined after an employee suffered fatal head injuries after being struck by a tractor.
On 26 January 2017, an employee of Wragmire Bank Farm, Cumwhinton, was knocked over by a moving tractor in the farmyard as he stepped out a door from the calf shed.
The HSE’s investigation found that JS Wood and Son, the partnership that owned the farm, had not taken action to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles could circulate safely.
The spot where the incident took place was on the main thoroughfare of the busy farm and the investigation found that farm workers going to or from the calf shed had to cross this route, which was regularly used by farm vehicles.
JS Wood & Son of Cumwhinton, Carlisle pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The partnership was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,310.80.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Matthew Tinsley said: “All businesses, including farms, should recognise the risk that moving vehicles present to workers and put in place control measures to prevent or reduce those risks.
“These measures can include using railings, segregated vehicle and pedestrian routes, speed limits and warning signs. Taking simple steps such as these can help to prevent tragic accidents such as this”.
Earlier this year, SHP reported that agriculture has the highest rate of fatalities in Britain.
With employees who drive for business more likely to be killed at work than deep sea divers or coal miners, driver safety is a vital business consideration.
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