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County Durham farmer fined after friend breaks back

29th May 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A farmer from County Durham has been fined for safety failings after his friend broke his back in a fall while he was receiving help on the site.

Leonard Laxton, aged 64, was seriously injured after falling around four metres through a barn roof at New Acres Farm in Stanley on July 19th 2011 when he was assisting farm owner David Barron.

The two were removing roof sheets and manually carrying them as they walked across the roof.

HSE inspector Jonathan Wills said: “Deaths in agriculture are often caused by fragile roofs and advice on precautions to prevent or reduce the risk from falls when working at height and working on fragile material is well publicised.”

Mr Wills noted that Mr Barron did not put suitable measures in place to reduce the risk to himself and Mr Laxton.

He added that the risk of sustaining industries would have been reduced if the work was carried out from a mobile platform beneath the roof.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801591379-ADNFCR


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