Children and young workers - Case study - Young farm worker amputee

Case study - Young farm worker had leg amputated by a power harrow

A boy had to have part of his leg amputated after his friend ran over it with a ploughing machine on a farm in the Market Harborough area. The 16-year-old had been attempting to get into a tractor being driven by his 14-year-old friend, when he slipped and fell under the vehicle’s rear wheels and the spikes of a power harrow went through his right leg.

The farm owner admitted breaching the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) code of practice, was charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act and fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,199 HSE costs. The court heard that under the HSE rules, the farmer should not have let the 14-year-old carry passengers on the tractor, and should not have let him drive it at all with a power machine attached

Too Young to Die Campaign, Hazards Magazine September 2006