Farmer fined £100,000 over death of worker
NewsWednesday 23 July 2014
A Lincolnshire farmer has been fined £100,000 after a worker was crushed to death by a reversing trailer pulled by a tractor.
Asta Juodiene, 46, died shortly before she started work planting sprouts in Leverton near Boston, Lincolnshire.
After an investigation was carried out, it was ruled that M Baker Produce Ltd didn’t carry out a written risk assessment and they also had no safe procedure for reversing a vehicle.
The firm admitted to breaching health and safety and was fined and was also ordered to pay £18,477 in costs.
Ms Juodiene, a married mum of two, originally from Lithuania, had got her foot caught under a rear wheel as the tractor reversed. It was moving towards a planting machine whilst pulling a trailer.
Even though paramedics were called out to the field, Ms Juodiene died at the scene from head and chest injuries.
The investigation, which was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, found that the company had not provided enough information to workers. It also discovered that there was a lack of communication between the drivers and the other staff in the field.
The manoeuvre which resulted in Ms Juodiene’s death is no longer being carried out by the company, according to the HSE.
A statement was released after the hearing, which took place at Lincoln Crown Court. In it, Ms Juodiene’s daughter, Samanta Augulyte, said: "It is nearly two years without our mother in our lives but a day does not pass without us thinking of her.
"The most difficult thing is to explain to my five-year-old son why his grandmother is not able to call or visit any more."
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