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John Morrish was helping his neighbour, farm owner Pamela Greenslade of Fernicaps Farm, Wiveliscombe, Taunton, to transport silage bales to a shed to feed cattle.
But Ms Greenslade, who was only operating the machinery because the member of staff who usually did the job was unavailable, trapped Mr Morrish in between the telehandler and the feed barrier in the shed, breaking his ribs.
As a result of the incident, she has been ordered to pay a fine of £6,000, while Mr Morrish may now decide to look into a claim for compensation.
The Health and Safety Executive points out all machinery being utilised on a farm needs to be maintained properly in order to reduce the risk of accidents.
It also notes staff using the technology need to be fully trained in the operation of the often dangerous machines.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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