• Robert Spicer

Farm death: badly maintained machinery: Penhill farm and owner fined

Farm death: £20,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Penhill Farm Ltd and Selwyn Andrew Thomas Richards (2017) Swansea Crown Court, May 15

Statutory reference: S.3 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974 (HSWA).

Penhill Farm Ltd and its owner have been fined after a contractor was crushed by a reversing farm machine.

The facts

· In July 2014 a contractor, engaged to spread fertilizer on fields at the farm in Camarthenshire. He was struck by a reversing telehandler in the farmyard. He suffered fatal crush injuries.

· The farm had failed to maintain the machinery. It was in poor condition with visibility compromised by dirty and badly positioned mirrors and dirty glass in the cab.

The decision

· Penhill Farm Ltd was fined £20,000 plus £10,000 costs under s.3, HSWA.

· The farm owner was convicted of an offence but no separate penalty was imposed.

Recent Posts

See All

DoNotPay and popular facial recognition tools

Legal tech company DoNotPay is best known for its army of “robot lawyers” — automated bots that tackle boringonline tasks like canceling TV subscriptions and requesting refunds from parking meters. No

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS

Case management decision Access to documents Case Kular v Atos IT Services UK Ltd (2021) UKEAT 0101/20/2901, Employment Appeal Tribunal Facts K claimed that a costs hearing was procedurally unfair. Un