Farmers have been warned to avoid injury compensation claims and fines after a motorcyclist sustained life-threatening injuries when he was hit by part of a tractor’s trailer.
Allan Smith was travelling along the B5195 Broad Lane in Great Altcar last year when farmer Peter Wilkinson, who was spraying crops at the time, turned his tractor without raising the trailer’s boom arms.
The arms collided with Mr Smith’s motorcycle, severely damaging his left arm and leaving him unable to work or ride a bike since.
"Allan Smith clearly wouldn’t have expected the arms of the sprayer to swing over the road when he rode along it and both he and his passenger were injured as a result," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Phil Redman.
Farm work is one of the most dangerous industries in the UK according to HSE figures, which record six deaths and 157 serious work injuries between 2007 and 2008 in the north-west alone.