18 August 2008
HSE fines farmer over safety breach
A farmer has been fined a total of £20,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a safety breach left a worker paralysed.
Geoffrey Eccles was ordered to pay a £10,000 fine, as well as a further £10,000 in costs after a 21-year-old worker was crushed by a round silage bale.
The Burnley Express reported that the victim also suffered from a broken jaw and had to have one leg amputated above the knee as a result of the incident.
It is thought that the bale may have weighed as much as one tonne, according to reports.
And while the HSE recommends that no more than three bales be stacked on top of each other, the falling bale that injured the farm worker struck him from a six-high stack.
Following four deaths and 22 serious injuries in Kent over the past five years due to farm machinery and vehicles, the HSE recently issued a warning to farmers in the region to keep their machinery well-maintained.
Random vehicle checks are currently being carried out by the group in the region, in association with Kent Police and the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency.