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Farm fined after worker killed in tractor tragedy

30th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A farm has been fined after a young worker was killed when a tractor she was driving overturned in a field, a court heard. 

Kim Webb, 26, was driving the vehicle, which has no seat belt, cab or roll over bar on a sloping field near North Cadbury when the incident took place on June 26th 2009. 

Bristol Crown Court fined her employer JA&E Montgomery Ltd a total of £80,000, and ordered the company to pay £40,000 in costs in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

Dairy staff regularly use the tractor for their duties at the farm, the court was told, and Ms Webb had been checking cattle in a number of fields.

On the way back from Farmer’s Field, off Woolston Road, she was driving down a sloping field when the tractor rolled over, overturning twice before righting itself. It then continued to motor round in circles before coming to rest against a fence.

It is believed Ms Webb was thrown off the vehicle and crushed as the tractor overturned. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801607445-ADNFCR


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