Agriculture company fined after death – SHP

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Yorkshire Dairy Goats have been fined for safety failures after a farm worker was run over and fatally injured.

Janet McDonald, a 53-year-old worker at Yorkshire Dairy Goats, was struck by a telescopic handler (telehandler) while working at St Helen’s Farm in York on August 1, 2018, Hull Crown Court heard. She was seriously injured and airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary where she died later that day.

The HSE investigation found that when the employee had finished milking the goats, she was crossing a corridor and into the path of the reversing telehandler. The driver could not see the worker and therefore could not act, and she was hit by the vehicle.

Yorkshire Dairy Goats of Seaton Ross, East Yorkshire have pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sarah Taylor said: ‘Pedestrians and vehicles must be separated on all worksites, including agriculture.

“This incident could have been avoided so easily by simply separating vehicles and pedestrians.”

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