Dairy farmer Mark Holt, a director of a company called Betholt Ltd which runs Dunston Dairy Farm, has escaped a prison sentence after an incident where a worker was crushed by a bull and died in hospital.
The accident occurred in July 2012 when James Leech, aged 75, was moving both a herd of cows and the bull into a shed. During the process the bull rammed into Mr Leech several times, trapping him between the bull and a gate. As a result Mr Leech suffered extensive crush injuries including fractured bones and vertebrae and damage to his internal organs. He received treatment in hospital for nine days before he passed away.
The Health and Safety Executive later found there had been no sufficient risk assessment in place prior to the incident. This failure to plan for potential risks led to Mr Leech’s death. Mr Holt received a suspended sentence of four months in prison, suspended for a year. The company was fined £133,333 and was also ordered to meet the court costs of £19,421. An HSE inspector said the company had “neglected their duties”.
How common are accidents such as these?
Fortunately it is very rare to come across a story such as this. Very few workers lose their lives while doing their job. The fact that health and safety rules require risk assessments to be performed and undertaken to identify potential risks and to remove them where possible has led to a significant drop in injuries and deaths over the past few decades. However as we can see there is the potential for accidents to occur if people are still in danger in some way in situations such as this.
Make sure you get no-obligation advice if you’ve been involved in something similar
If you have lost a loved one in an accident similar to this or you have received injuries of a similar nature, call Accident Advice Helpline now to find out whether you have evidence of negligence. If you do there is a good chance you might be able to launch a no win, no fee* claim to get compensation for your injuries, or for the loss of a loved one. Our number is free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 0800 689 0500 and speak to an advisor today so you know whether you stand a chance of getting compensation.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown