Work accident news
Farm worker suffers severe injuries in tractor accident
A poultry farm in Somerset has been fined after a worker suffered severe personal injuries in an accident at work in December 2010.
The 27-year-old employee had been cleaning out the chicken shed at the farm when the work accident took place.
As he used a pressure washer, which had been powered by a tractor driveshaft, the worker became caught within the moving parts of the machinery and suffered severe personal injuries.
Due to the severity of his injuries the man's arm was amputated at the scene of the accident.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the tractor driveshaft had been unguarded at the time of the incident.
The poultry farm appeared at Yeovil Magistrates Court where it admitted to breaching Health and Safety at Work Regulations. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in court costs as a result of the accident.
Speaking after the hearing an HSE inspector claimed that the accident at work could have easily been avoided had safety precautions been in place.