Farmworker crushed after failing to apply handbrake

A farmworker who failed to apply the handbrake before dismounting from his tractor was crushed to death when it rolled into him, an inquest has been told.

Scott Millington, 23, was working alone on Park Farm, Willingham-by-Stow, Lincolnshire, on 7 April 2013 when the accident happened.

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The inquest jury at Lincoln Cathedral Centre, Lincoln, heard that Mr Millington was attempting to tow a dumper which had become stuck in a muck heap. The young farmworker had jumped down to attach a set of towing chains. But, as he did so, the tractor rolled forward and pinned him between the two vehicles.

The accident was not discovered for some time and Mr Millington had died from his injuries by the time he was found, according to a report in the Lincolnshire Echo.

The Health and Safety Executive’s special inspector of mechanical engineering Dominic Swan reported there were no faults with the vehicles.

But he added: “Use of the parking brake would have prevented the accident.”

The farm was owned by Gary Hancock who ran GH By Products Derby at Skellingthorpe.

Mr Hancock said since the accident there had been an increased emphasis on safety at the farm. He said the muck heap had been moved to a concrete standing to prevent vehicles from getting stuck and some workers had received extra training.

The jury issued a verdict of accidental death.

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