Farmer crushed by cattle praises Yorkshire Air Ambulance

A farmer has praised Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) after he was rushed to hospital when his cattle crushed him in a market ring.

Stephen Potter, from Topcliffe, North Yorkshire was exhibiting at the Thirsk Auction Mart in May last year when the cow and a calf he was leading into the sales ring bolted, crushing him against iron railings and breaking nine of his ribs.

A community first responder who was running first aid classes next door ran to help the farmer and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were dispatched.

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Mr Potter was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He spent four days recuperating on the high dependency ward but made a full recovery.

The farmer praised the YAA, which carries out more than 1,500 missions every year.

“They did a marvellous job; we couldn’t do without them.

“I just remember being in the ring with the cow and a calf and then all of a sudden she turned on me and crushed me against the iron railings around the ring.

 “I’ve never had a problem with the cows before, I think it was the different environment that triggered them,” Mr Potter said.

The incident will appear on Helicopter ER, the reality television show about the YAA, on Monday 1 June.

Managing the risks of working with cattle

  • Assess what could go wrong each time you work with cattle
  • Make sure you have proper and effective cattle handling facilities that are well maintained and in working order
  • Work out an escape route or refuge
  • Never work inside a crush or race
  • Avoid working inside yards and forcing pens by finding ways to work only from outside
  • Ensure that you or those working with cattle are physically able to use the system safely
  • Look, listen and keep calm

Source: Farm Safety Partnership