23 April 2008
Health and safety breaches lead to serious arm injury for worker
Breaches of health and safety regulations at a farm led to a worker sustaining serious arm injuries, the Ludlow Advertiser reports.
According to the publication, employee Richard Higgins, who was 17 when the accident occured, had to have his arm amputated below the elbow after it was dragged into the circular blades of a Claas Jaguar 860 harvester.
The teenager had been helping a colleague in his attempts to free the blades when the event took place.
As result of the injuries sustained by Mr Higgins, farm contractor Neil Morris of DTJ Morris was ordered to pay £4,500 plus £4,334 in costs during a court hearing.
Commenting on the incident, health and safety inspector Dr Janice Dale said: "Mr Higgins was only 17 at the time of the accident and risk assessment should take into consideration that he had not yet fully matured."
According to figures produced by the Health and Safety Executive, 437 workers employed in agriculture sustained major injuries in 2006-07.