Labourer hurt in pig farm accident

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A Teesside pig farming firm has been told to pay more than £15,000 in fines after a labourer was hurt and left unable to work on its site.

Imogen Simpson, 45, of Easington, sustained two skull fractures, a broken left leg and a crushed ankle after the work accident and has been unable to return to work or even walk properly since the incident.

Teesside Magistrates' Court heard another worker at the Poplar Farm premises was trying to fill feed bags from a hopper suspended on the forks of a loader vehicle when a blockage stopped it.

In an attempt to solve this problem the operator moved the truck up and down but the hopper fell and crushed Mrs Simpson as she walked around the corner.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found there was no safe system of work in place for dealing with feed blockages and F Brunton & Sons was fined £15,153.40.

By Chris Stevenson