Safety failings led to farm worker’s injury

On 20 September 2012 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced they prosecuted a company who supplied a faulty potato crusher to a farmer

As a result of the defective equipment an employee of the farm injured tendons in his hand when he tried to remove stones from the defective machinery

The farmer was fined by the Health and Safety Executive a sum of £20,000 plus costs and and the company that supplied the machinery was also fined £16,000 plus costs

The problem with the machine was that there was no safety guard to stop people getting access to the moving parts and that no instruction manual had been supplied.

The farmer had failed to properly assess the risks entailed in the work carried out by the employee and also there had not been a safe system of work set up for the workers at the farm either.

From legal perspective there were breached of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

This case shows that not only must a farmer check the equipment that he asks employers to use but also ensure that they are properly trained to do so.

For further details of the case go to the website of the Health and Safety Executive at Website http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-em-13312.htm