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£100,000 fine for farm owner after worker was killed by a tractor

A farm owner has been fined after a worker died when he was struck by a tractor in Cumbria.

JS Wood and Son, which owns Wragmire Bank Farm in Cumwhinton, Cumberland, has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £7,310 costs.

The accident happened when one of the farm’s employees walked out of the calf shed on to the thoroughfare. He sustained fatal head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the route to the calf shed was regularly used by workers on foot and agricultural vehicles and that the company had failed to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles could circulate in a safe manner.

JS Wood and Son pleaded guilty to breaching reg 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, which covers the organisation of traffic routes.