Teenager dies from using Farm Equipment
farming partnership has been prosecuted after a teenage employee died when the
tractor he was driving collided with a bridge. The 19-year-old worker had only
been employed for three weeks. The tractor and tandem-axle trailer he was using
to transport grain from one farm to another failed to negotiate a roundabout
and struck a bridge. The worker sustained major injuries and later died in
hospital. The company was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of just over
case was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The inspectors
found that the trailer was fitted with drum type brakes that had not been
correctly adjusted, rendering them ineffective. The teenager’s death could have
been prevented if his employer had properly managed the risks involved, and if
the work equipment had been properly maintained.
to do to ensure machinery is used correctly:
above fatality could have been prevented if the duty holder had correctly
maintained the work equipment being used by the employee.
undertaking of a risk assessment to determine the hazards involved in the
specific work activity.
that employees are informed of the significant hazards and risks relating to
their work activities and how to manage them.
the equipment / machinery prior to use is being maintained / serviced /
inspected as per the manufacturer’s recommendations and or due to any statutory
the employees who use the equipment know how to use it properly and are aware
of any SSoW (Safe System of Work / Procedure) that have been produced which
identify the methodologies (i.e. evidenced pre-use checks of vehicles /
equipment / machinery carried out prior to use / use of guards / use of push
sticks / checking of the work area or route to be driven), and that PPE
provided to reduce the risk of injury occurring where no other controls will
suffice is appropriate and being worn correctly.
that only authorised persons who have been trained, have access to and can use
the equipment and further, ensuring that any supervisory requirements are being
is a good time to ensure risk assessments, standards, training and supervision
are appropriate, up-to-date and the provisions of your health and safety policy
are being applied in practice. You should bring this Safety Alert to the
attention of all personnel who need to take action.
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