Two fatal accidents at farms in North Yorkshire have prompted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to remind the agricultural community to avoid injury compensation claims and fines by ensuring farm machinery is used correctly.
A 66-year-old woman in Skipton and a 22-year-old man in Thirsk were killed in separate incidents three weeks apart, when buckets came loose from the telescopic arm of a telehandler and struck the people beneath them.
Hill Spurrier, HSE head of operations for Yorkshire and the Humber, said both tragic incidents were easily avoidable and should serve as a warning.
"It is impossible to ensure that the post stays straight when a telehandler is used in this way, and further fatalities are possible if people continue to enter the danger zone beneath the bucket to provide manual assistance," he commented.
A recent HSE survey found farm employees may be at increased risk of work injury after it revealed a gap in safety knowledge of those in the agricultural industry.