An accident on a farm in which a woman died when a half ton bale of hay fell on her has resulted in the farmer’s wife being given a suspended sentence.
The farm accident happened when customers at the farm had got into the habit of cutting open black plastic wrapping on the bottom bale where the hay was stored on the farm.
The stack on the farm had become dangerously unstable and in May 2011 a customer Charlotte Louise Conroy Taylor had been crushed
The farm owner Carol Hill admitted to a single charge under the Health and Safety Act of failing to ensure the safety of persons not in her employment.
Carol Hill was given an eight month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and ordered her to pay £10,000 in prosecution costs.
Comment: This tragic farm accident shows the importance of Health and Safety Act Regulations to both farm workers and visitors to farms who are also in danger from the hazards that are all to prevalent in farm settings.