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Man run over by turf harvester
The agricultural industry and industries related to it such as the turf industry, are fraught with hazards. Most of these hazards are to do with either the manual nature of the work, or the dangerous plant and equipment that it is necessary to use. If that plant and equipment has been tampered with in any way, or has not been regularly serviced and maintained, the hazardous levels are increased. Take a look at the case of a 30 year old worker who was knocked down and run over by a 27 tonne turf harvester. He was unfortunately killed.
Discovery of the tragedy began when a resident who lived nearby noticed constant noise from the machine, and when he looked he saw that it had come to rest against a tree. Although its wheels were still in motion, churning up the mud, the driver was nowhere to be seen. The man called the emergency services.
Shortly afterwards, a co-worker who was working in an adjacent field came to investigate when it was realised that the machine had not been returned. As he entered the field he saw the 30-year-old injury victim lying on the ground. When the paramedics arrived they discovered that the man had died from his injuries at the scene.
How the tragedy occurred
It seems that the 30-year-old had dismounted the turf harvester in order to inspect a problem. Under normal circumstances, when the operator gets out of his seat, the harvester’s engine is automatically switched off. However, a subsequent inspection of the machine, found that someone had fixed a wire across the terminals of a relay disabling the automatic cut-off. The results for the 30-year-old were clearly disastrous.
The findings of the HSE
The investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that the cut-off mechanism of the turf harvester has been disabled since 2009. The company who operated the machine were also found guilty of:
- Not identifying the risks of operating the machines
- Failing to carry out regular inspections and maintenance
- Failure to train machine operators correctly
- Failure to train supervisors correctly
The company was fined the sum of £67,000 plus costs of £33,000
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