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Health and safety hazards on a farm

Photo shows cows in a fieldFarming is a risky occupation, it comes with many risks and hazards. The industry accounts for nearly 20% of the reported fatal injuries each year. The most common types of accidents that happen on farms involves heavy machinery and handling and lifting. If due care and attention is paid this can re…

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Farm fined for young worker's death in tractor tragedy

Kim Webb - young farm worker killed in tractor tragedy

A young Somerset farm worker was killed when the tractor she was driving overturned in a field.

Kim Webb, 26, from North Cadbury, was driving a tractor that had no seat belt, cab or roll over bar on a sloping field near North Cadbury when the incident happened on 26 June 2009.

On 18 June, Bristo…

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South Lakeland farm owner sentenced over tractor death

The tractor which caused Thomas Phizackleas death

The co-owner of a South Lakeland farm has been sentenced after an employee was found dead under the wheel of a tractor.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Stuart Webster following the death of Thomas Phizacklea at Aurora Park Farm in Scales near Ulverston. The body of the 34-year-ol…

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Safety failings led to farm worker's injury

A Lincolnshire farmer and an agricultural machinery supplier have been fined after a young casual worker had three tendons in his right hand severed by a potato crusher.

The 25 year-old man, who does not wish to be named, had been working for farmer Timothy Dean, 55, at Waterloo Farm, Wilsfor…

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Kent farmer prosecuted for pesticide failings

A Kent farmer has been prosecuted for storing and using an illegal pesticide that was sprayed on a crop of pears.

David Lewis Stevens, from Sittingbourne, used Amitraz on the fruit despite the substance being banned in the UK since 31 December 2007.

Maidstone Magistrates' Court heard yesterday (…

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Farming partnership fined after two workers severely injured

A Montrose farming partnership has been fined after two agricultural workers were severely injured when a telescopic handler went out of control, fell down a steep bank and came to rest at the top of a cliff.

David Alston Junior, 19, and Ian Murray, 54, were working for Nether Dysart Farms, a…

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Herefordshire farming company fined after 21-year-old worker electrocuted

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Velcourt Limited, of The Veldt House, Much Marcle, Ledbury, has been fined after a man was electrocuted while working on farmland near Ludgershall in Wiltshire.

Edward Pybus, 21, from Yorkshire, was harvesting crops at Chute Farm, Upper Chute when h…

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Hertfordshire farm fined for worker's roof plunge

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that a father and daughter who own and run a farm in Hertfordshire have been fined after an employee fell through a fragile barn roof and suffered multiple fractures.

Stefan Wasilewski, 39, was cleaning the roof of a barn standing on scaffold board…

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County Limerick farmer killed in workplace accident

John Halpin, a 72-year-old father of three, was struck by farm machinery and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Read more at the Limerick Leader.

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