Man's leg crushed after incorrect transport used on farm

The incorrect use of workplace transport led to a man suffering serious injuries including the loss of his right leg, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported.

David Farr was working at Pithayes Farm in Whimple, Devon when he was asked to load and transport steel shuttering panels used to erect walls on farms.

Such panels are usually moved on a flat-bed lorry but high winds on the day of the incident meant a tractor and grain trailer were used instead.

Mr Farr climbed into the trailer to unhitch the shutters while they were lifted in and one or more of the panels slipped and crushed him.

Matthew and Richard Triggs, partners of RT Trailers and Farm Buildings of Park Cottage, Frogmore, Kingsbridge, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The firm was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

HSE principal inspector Andrew Kingscott said: "This accident demonstrates the serious - and sometimes very personal life-changing - consequences of failing to assess risks and properly planning work activity when lifting and transporting heavy components."

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