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Subject: Farm worker disabled after being crushed under hay bales
A part time farm worker suffered serious injury at work when he was left permanently disabled after being crushed by two straw bales that fell on him as he tried to remove them from a seven metre stack.
The 40 year old male suffered multiple fractures of his spine and ribs as a result of the work place accident. The man was working alone and in the dark at the end of the day when the accident occurred, he then had to drag himself across the yard to get reception on his mobile phone to call for help.
It was discovered that the man had not been appropriately trained to use the loader for the hay bales, instead, he had adopted techniques from observing colleagues who were equally insufficiently trained.
The farming company was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £4,500 in costs.
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