Farmer killed after telehandler overturns

A farmer has been killed after he became trapped under a farm vehicle in Powys.

The fatal incident is believed to have happened on a farm near Llanindrod Wells on Tuesday 3 September.

The man was released from under a telehandler and given first aid by paramedics at the scene.

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He was rushed to hospital by ambulance, but died from his injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released a statement saying the deceased was a self-employed farmer, but his identity has not been released.

The initial indication was that the farmer died after the telehandler overturned, the HSE said.

Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, 39 people were killed as a result of farming and agriculture in Great Britain, including six in Wales, according to official statistics.

Transport – vehicles overturning or being struck by moving vehicles – caused the most deaths.

Farm vehicles – safety focus on workplace transport

Tractor and machinery overturns are a significant cause of death and serious injury in farming. The risks are well known and can be readily managed.

Farm machinery and equipment should only be driven by authorised, trained and competent people who have completed appropriate training and assessment.

  • Vehicle overturns can happen in many situations, not just steep slopes.
  • With few exceptions, agricultural tractors must be fitted with a suitable safety cab or roll bar – rollover protection structure (Rops). If a Rops is fitted, wear the seat belt.
  • Most agricultural vehicles are not suitable for carrying passengers.
  • Drivers must be trained and know safe driving techniques for sloping ground.

To reduce the risk of injury from an overturn:

  • Stay in the cab and do not try to jump clear. Most deaths and serious injuries involve those who are crushed when they jump or are thrown out of a cab during overturning

Source: HSE