Farm fined after man is killed by telescopic handler

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A Yorkshire farming partnership has been fined for safety lapses after a man was driven over and killed by a JCB telescopic handler.

Farmer Anthony Ackroyd was driving when the incident occurred at Waller House Farm in Wighill, Tadcaster, in February 2017.

The loader was carrying three bales of hay, severely restricting forward visibility. 

The pensioner who died had been employed on the farm before his retirement and lived in an adjacent cottage.

He was a regular visitor to the farm, carrying out work such as gardening. 

At the time of the incident, a farm employee was standing on the mounting step of the telescopic handler in such a way that had he slipped he would have fallen under the wheels.

B A L Ackroyd of Waller House Farm pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety regulations. The company was fined £18,000 with £10,690 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Julian Franklin said: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident. Drivers should ensure that they can always see in front of them or take equally effective precautions.

“Vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries; every year there are over 5,000 incidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed.”

EP Risk can deliver tele-handler training using the client’s own vehicle or one hired for the session, for which the rental cost would be payable.