A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into how a farm labourer suffered significant injuries and died after being crushed by a bull, has highlighted health and safety failings.
The farm director and his company were both fined by Staffordshire Crown Court.
Firstly, the farm director was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £10,073 after admitting breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The court fined the farm company £133,333 and ordered to pay costs of £19,421 after admitting the same two breaches.
On the day the incident occurred the farm worker was moving a herd of cows and a bull into an enclosure. A colleague heard the labourer shout and found the worker sitting down with the animal in front of him. The bull weighed approximately one tonne.
The employee sustained injuries to his vertebrae, pelvis, ribs and severe damage to his internal organs. He died in hospital nine days later.
The Court heard that the farming company had failed to perform an appropriate risk assessment for staff working with cattle or provide any safeguards.
After the case was heard, Wayne Owen from the HSE stated:
“[The worker] was exposed to the dangers posed by working at close quarters with large herd animals including a dairy bull, by a lack of planning and risk assessment by his employer.”