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.
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