Farm owner, David Adamson, has been ordered to pay fines by Beverley Magistrates’ Court for violating health and safety laws after a worker, Daniel Boldan Hoggard, sustained serious injuries when he fell 15ft onto a concrete floor on July 19 last year. The now 21 year old from Shaftesbury Avenue in Goole was on the roof attempting to fix a leak between two connected farm buildings at Low Hunsley Farm, located in Little Weighton when he fell through one of six roof lights and landed on the concrete floor.
Mr Hoggard suffered a punctured lung and kidney, cracked four vertebrae and had sustained much bruising following the accident. Afterwards Mr Hoggard was in hospital for a week and could not go to work for six. He is to this day receiving physiotherapy to ease the long-term effects of the injuries he suffered.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mr Adamson. They said that Mr Adamson did not consider the safety of his employees his failure to put up any safeguards or protective controls in place during the roof work, which put them in significant danger as a result. The HSE inspector investigated the accident, Paul Eastell, stated –
“Daniel Boldan Hoggard is, frankly, lucky to be alive. Falls from height kill more workers than anything else and are some of the most common causes of death in agriculture, yet Mr Adamson did not put any safety measures in place to protect Daniel as he worked over four metres from the ground.”
Adamson was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £3,893.90 costs after pleading guilty to breaching the work regulations for working at a height.
Mr Eastell stated –
“Working at height, and even more so near fragile surfaces, is very high risk and yet HSE inspectors continue to find dangerous practice and a disregard for common sense and inexpensive safety controls.
“In this case there should at least have been suitable platforms, guard rails and boarding over the roof lights. I’m pleased that Daniel has made a reasonable recovery from his injuries and I hope this case emphasises to the wider farming community the need to think carefully through the dangers involved in all work activities and then act to reduce those risks to their workers and themselves.”