Farm worker’s life destroyed by unsafe system of work

Farm worker’s life destroyed by unsafe system of work

Paul Teale, 40, from Easingwold, North Yorkshire, was removing a bale from a 23ft (7m) high haystack when two of them fell on him in November 2012.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the system of work used to remove bales from the stack was “inherently unsafe”.

Mr Teale was using a loader, which had no cage to protect against falling objects, when the accident happened and was left permanently disabled as a result of the accident.

Geoff Fletcher, from the HSE, said: “This was a preventable incident that has had a permanent life-changing impact on a previously fit and hard-working man.”

Pockmor Ltd, of Driffield, East Yorkshire, which operated the farm, was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £4,500 court costs after admitting health and safety breaches.