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Employee crushed to death at East Lothian farm

28th April 2010 | Warning Signs

A farming company from East Lothian has been hit with a five-figure fine after one of its employees was crushed to death, highlighting the importance of warning signs.

The worker was helping to build a perimeter wall at an open-hay shed on June 3rd 2008 when a one-tonne pre-cast concrete panel fell on to him, causing fatal injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that his employer, Hamilton Farmers, had not conducted a suitable risk assessment for the work.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Haddington Sheriff Court and was fined £20,000.

"Tragically this worker was needlessly crushed to death because his employers failed to properly assess the risks and implement a safe system of work," said HSE inspector Gillian McLean.

Earlier this week, the HSE revealed that a farm construction trader from Aberdeenshire was fined £15,000 after one of his workers suffered a broken leg in a fall from height.

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