An organic farm company in the Cotswolds has been fined GBP 65,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a severe work injury that led to the death of one of its employees.
Daylesford Organic Farms was prosecuted after Anthony Cripps, 57, fell from the bucket of a telehandler while harvesting elderflowers and was crushed beneath the wheels of the vehicle.
HSE inspector Caroline Bird said that the tragic work injury highlights the importance of using a suitable means of travel in an agricultural environment and that telehandler buckets should never be used as work platforms.
"Sadly, a relaxed safety culture at this particular farm had meant that the practice of using telehandler buckets as work platforms had become an acceptable practice despite the obvious risks," she added.
HSE’s agricultural safety campaign, which aims to reduce the high number of deaths and work injuries in the sector, recently scooped the gold at the Direct Marketing Awards in London.