A dairy farm in Cheshire has been fined £50,000 after the death of one of their workers in a devastating farm accident. Sean Bennett sadly died after he was crushed by a 1.5 tonne concrete panel.
The accident happened when Mr Bennett was working on the farm and was asked to help construct a new cowshed. The farm owners had decided to build the cowshed without any help from an outside construction company. As a result, Mr Bennett assisted with the building work. He was helping to lift the concrete panels which were to create the walls of the cowshed. The farm’s telehandler machine was used to lift the panels, using chains and bolts. As one of the panels was lifted, a bolt snapped, resulting in the panel tragically falling onto Mr Bennett.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Investigation found that the equipment being used was not suitable to undertake this job. It was also found that there was no risk assessment carried out to look at the potential dangers posed to members of staff. The investigating inspector commented on the case saying, “The Company is experienced in farming – not construction – but decided it was capable of building a new cowshed. Sadly, Sean lost his life as a result. The project was poorly planned, and the lifting equipment provided wasn’t capable of raising concrete panels weighing 1.5 tonnes. It was therefore inevitable that the bolts would snap when the panel was being lifted. The firm should have realised it was out of its depth and brought in a specialist contractor to carry out the work, rather than carrying on regardless and hoping for the best”.
How we can help after a farm accident
Agriculture is a relatively small industry in the UK, making up only one in a hundred people. However, it is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, making up around 1 in 5 of the fatal injuries reported to the HSE every year. 29 of the fatal accidents reported in 2012/13 were from the agriculture industry.
Due to the dangerous nature of the industry, farm accidents are inevitable. Farm owners should carry out a full risk assessment of all jobs carried out on the farm, including the use of equipment, such as tractors and combine harvesters. If they fail to fully assess all the risks or maintain equipment to the correct standards, and you become injured as a result, you may be able to make a farm accident claim for compensation.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a farm accident, ensure you speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor who has experience in serious injury claims. Freeclaim Solicitors have over 30 years’ experience in serious injury claims and are recommended by the Legal 500. Our solicitors could help you get the compensation you deserve and the rehabilitation you need to get your life back on track after a farm accident.
Call 0800 612 7340 for a free, no obligation chat. We can advise you on whether you can claim farm accident compensation, and help you through your case. Alternatively, you can fill in our online enquiry form, and someone will call you back.
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Published: 20th June 2014