Farm business ordered to pay £200,000 after worker fatally injured

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

Hull Crown Court heard that on August 1, 2018, Yorkshire Dairy Goats worker Janet McDonald, 53, was struck by a reversing telehandler while working at St Helen’s Farm in York.

She was seriously injured and airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary where she died later that day.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that when the employee had finished milking the goats, she walked through a corridor and into the path of the 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, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1974. The company was fined £180,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs.

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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