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Tractor firm prosecuted after worker injured in fall

9th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

A Cornish agricultural sales company has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall.

Jacob Wingett from Treburley, near Launceston, fell while attaching a number plate to the cab of a tractor. He was standing on the cross shaft arms at the back of the vehicle.

The fall left him with one broken and one shattered wrist and two broken arms, which required him to have several pins surgically installed. He also received multiple skull fractures.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that B&B Agricultural Sales Ltd had not provided any measures, such as suitable training or safety signage, that could have prevented the accident.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £8,142 in costs.

HSE inspector Gareth Cottle said: “Mr Wingett’s serious injuries could have been avoided with some simple measures.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801670088-ADNFCR


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