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Farmer crushed by badly fitted door

The barn with the roller shutter on the ground

A North Yorkshire farmer died when he was crushed under a half-tonne roller shutter door that had been badly installed, a court has heard (on 16 April).

Robert Ireland, 71, died from multiple injuries on 28 October 2010 at the family farm in East Heslerton, near Malton, when a roller shutter door…

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Building firm sentenced after employee falls to death

manhole chambers above the circular tank

A building firm and one of its directors have been sentenced after an employee fell 15 metres to his death in an empty water storage tank in Macclesfield.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Galt Civil Engineering Ltd. and Peter Stuart following an investigation into the death of Pet…

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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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East Yorkshire farm owner fined for roof fall

The barn with roof lights visible where Daniel Boldon Hoggard fellAn East Yorkshire farm owner has been fined for a serious breach of safety law after a 20-year-old worker suffered severe injuries when he fell 4.5 metres through a roof light.

Daniel Boldan Hoggard was on the roof trying to repair a leak between two adjoining farm buildings at Low Hunsley Fa…

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Worker lost arm in unguarded farm machinery

A worker employed to clear out an industrial chicken shed lost his arm after it became trapped in unguarded machinery.

Mike Aubry, 27, of Bradninch, near Exeter, was working at Millard Poultry Ltd at Little Acre, Lower Godney, Wells, when the incident happened on 4 December, 2010.

In a prosecution…

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Fatality at Ontario mushroom farm

A man has been killed at a Monaghan Mushrooms farm - he was struck by a front-end loader and died at the scene.


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Blacksmith fined after worker falls from roof

A self-employed blacksmith and fabricator has been fined after one of his employees was severely injured after falling more than seven metres from a roof he was working on.

Martin Mundie, 23, from St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, was employed by Joseph Adams and was part of a team carrying out work to conv…

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Shropshire poultry farm prosecuted for worker's fall

Llynclys Farm Ltd. has been fined after a worker fractured his pelvis falling nearly three metres from an unguarded platform.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company following the incident outside a poultry house at their Stoke Heath Farm site in Market Drayton, on 20 July 20…

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Fife farming company fined after worker loses two toes

A farming company has been fined after a worker had to have two toes from his right foot amputated, when he became entangled in machinery inside a grain reception pit.

On 4 September 2009, due to heavy rain, the grain reception pit at the premises of R Todd & Company at Blacketyside Farm, Fife, had f…

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Farmer prosecuted after worker's fingers severed

The thumb and fingers on a worker’s right hand were cut off while he was using a firewood processing machine at a Shropshire farm, a court heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted farmer Richard Griffiths, of Town Cottage Farm, Hughley, after the 16 December 2010 incident t…

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Fife worker crushed in potato harvester

A Cupar farming partnership has been fined £112,500 after a worker was killed when he was crushed between the rollers of a potato harvester.

Keith Wannan, 34, from Cupar, died as he was replacing rubber sleeves on the rollers of a potato harvester to prepare it for the new harvesting season.


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15-year-old boy burned working on Cumbrian farm

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), is investigating after a teenage boy was badly burned on a farm in Egremont.

Police said the 15-year-old boy was doing odd jobs at a farm when the incident happened on Monday night.

It is reported that the boy had burn injuries to his lower body and had been u…

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Agriculture case studies – children on farms

Agriculture has one of the highest fatal accident rates of any industry in the UK. It is also the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces.

Visitors to the countryside, many of them children, are often present whilst work …

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Australian farm worker dies in fall from forklift

A 44-year old farm worker received fatal head injuries in a 3-metre fall from a forklift truck during work to deposit fertiliser into a bin on a farm at Yarrawonga, Victoria.

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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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Farm building firms prosecuted after roof fall

Two firms have been fined after an accident at a farm left a construction worker with severe spinal injuries which have left him reliant on a wheelchair.

Mr Cooke, from Cleeve, near Bristol, had been dismantling the roof while sub-contracting for Martock-based firm CW Pearce, which in turn was worki…

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Health and Safety News 4 May 2010

Farming company fined after man is trapped in manure machine

A Bradford farming company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after one of its employees was seriously injured after slipping into a manure machine.

Worker's crush death leads to fine for East Lothian farmer…

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Health and Safety News - 16 April 2010

Man injured in farming accident

A man is in a critical condition following a farming accident when he was working alone on a farm in Derbyshire.

Buncefield depot staff 'not trained properly'

St Albans Crown Court was told that the explosion at the depot on 11 December 2005, happened after v…

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Health and Safety News - 6 April 2010

Take a risk - it's good for your health

Judith Hackitt (Chair of the Health and Safety Executive) talks to the Manchester Evening News about risks, conkers and other myths.

Contractor fined following incident at sewage works

A construction company was prosecuted after an incident which saw …

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Health and Safety News - 29 March 2010

Truck danger warning after death

A fatal accident has prompted a warning that variable reach trucks should not be used if the right-hand side window is missing or broken.

Three killed in Norway train crash

Empty wagons from a freight train hurtled out of control and slammed into a building …

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