Working conditions are safe & hygienic

Case study - Farm death

Avoidable death at a farm, a result of faulty machinery

A man on a Cambridgeshire farm witnessed the death of his father as he fell under the wheel of a tractor. The inquest found that the tractor's handbrake was worn and could disengage through the vibrations of the engine and roll freely on a slope.

The Deputy Coroner recorded a verdict of 'Accidental Death' and said, 'It is a lesson to everybody who uses machinery to ensure it is always kept in working order.'