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Farm death: partnership fined £100,000

Farm death: partnership fined £100,000

Health and Safety Executive v JS Wood & Son (2018) Carlisle Crown Court, October 26

Statutory reference: regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (WHSWR)

JS Wood & Son, a farming partnership, has been fined following an incident in which a worker suffered fatal head injuries.

The facts

  • In January 2017 an employee of Wragmire Bank farm, operated by the JS Wood & Son partnership, was struck by a moving tractor. He suffered fatal head injuries.

  • The partnership had not taken action to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles could circulate safely.

  • The incident had taken place on the main thoroughfare of the busy farm. Workers had to cross this route, which was regularly used by farm vehicles.

The decision

The partnership was fined £100,000 plus £7000 costs under regulation 17 of WHSWR.

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