Young Farmer Loses Hand in Horrific Accident in Cumbria

Safety Warning Issued  After Young Farmer Loses Hand In Horrific Accident in Cumbria

A young farmer became entangled in a forage harvester machine and tragically has lost his arm.

This was despite his being airlifted to Newcastle Upon Tyne by helicopter where he was treated at the city’s Royal Victoria Infirmary

The accident happened on the 22nd July but unfortunately specialists lost the battle to save his hand and it had to be amputated up to his wrist.

Given the seriousness of the accident the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.

The Farmer Mr Ashley Herbert aged 24 was a former student at the University of Cumbria.

In the wake of the accident, a warning was issued about dangerous machinery being used on farms often in places where workers are alone and therefore isolated and at risk by the local group Secretary of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Amanda Wallbank.


Specialist Injury Solicitors Comment:

This tragic accident illustrates one of the classic dangers inherent in working on a farm- the fact that workers are often alone with inherently dangerous equipment.

It is too early to comment on the particular circumstances here and we hope that the HSE investigation will finish their investigation as soon as possible so that all possible lessons that can be learned from this incident to prevent future injuries.

In the meantime we wish Mr Herbert and his family well for a speedy recuperation and rehabilitation.