Farmer died after being trapped against wall by JCB

A Welsh cattle farmer has died after being trapped against the wall by the bucket of a JCB machine, an inquest has heard.

Dewi Jones, 68, suffered crush injuries and died following the incident at Ty Celyn Farm, in Llanfwrog, Denbighshire, on Tuesday 21 April.

An inquest was opened and adjourned into Mr Jones’ death at Ruthin coroner’s court on Monday (27 April).

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John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, was told Mr Jones had been moving hay with his brother into a heifer pen when he was trapped by the shovel of a JCB Bobcat.

Although he managed to wriggle free, he collapsed and an air ambulance was called to the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the provisional cause of death as an abdominal bleed and liver laceration after blunt-force trauma.

HSE investigation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is also investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Jones’ death.

Farming continues to be the UK’s deadliest occupation. In 2018-19, 39 people suffered fatal injuries while working in agriculture.

Fourteen of these deaths involved being struck by a moving vehicle, including tractors, trailers, telescopic handlers, farm vehicles, ATVs, and nearly half of the workers killed were aged 60 or over.