Farming firm fined after worker is crushed to death
A farming and haulage firm has been stung with a five-figure fine after the death of one of its workers on a farm in Norfolk.
The man was dumping manure from a trailer at Grange Farm on July 8th 2007 when its drawbar broke, crashing through the back of the vehicle and crushing him to death.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the tipper had not been suitably maintained and was not appropriate for handling solid manure.
The victim's employer, Pearn Wyatt and Son, admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined Ã‚Â£21,000 and ordered to pay costs of Ã‚Â£54,000.
"This sad death of a young man in his early 20s should never have happened," commented HSE inspector Malcolm Crowther.
"Pearn Wyatt and Son did not carry out their legal duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees - and the result was this tragic death."
As agriculture is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in, the HSE urges companies to use the appropriate safety signs on farms at all times.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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