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Home » Latest News » Another avoidable farm worker injury – lessons must be learned

Another avoidable farm worker injury – lessons must be learned

Another avoidable farm worker injury – lessons must be learned

The court case has now concluded following the sudden and tragic death of Trevor Elson in March 2018. Mr Elson and his fellow farm workers were asked to unload a trailer full of concrete beams for a building extension – each six foot long beam weighed in at over 47 stone. The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident after Mr Elson was killed, to determine the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Mr Elson had been using specialist equipment (a mechanical telehandler) to move large concrete beams for a planned extension to the farmhouse. It was found that Mr Elson and his colleagues had not been provided with any training in the use of this equipment prior to the accident. Mr Elson was on the back of the trailer attaching lifting chains when a trip off the edge caused an unstable beam to land Mr Elson’s chest, crushing him to death. 

The Health and Safety Executive also noted that Mr Elson and his colleagues were asked to move these beams at short notice without a proper plan, instructions or supervision. 

A.A. Clifton Limited, Mr Elson’s employer, pleaded guilty to the charge of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 and was fined accordingly, £30,000 with full costs of £5446.50.

Mr Elson’s next of kin will be able to claim for financial damages following the tragic death of Mr Elson, or ‘Ted’ as he was known to friends, but no amount of compensation will ever make up for his loss. There must be more done to stop farm workers from being assigned random work they are not trained for, a safe system of work is something everyone has the right to regardless of their industry.

We hope that this cautionary tale will show other farms and employers the great importance of appropriate planning and training.

If you have been effected by an injury sustained at work, or you know someone in the farming industry who has been injured while doing work they were not previously trained for then get in touch today. We have a fantastic and knowledgeable team of Personal Injury lawyers who are dedicated to attaining justice for the victims of negligence.