Lincolnshire Field Products fined over worker's death

A Lincolnshire field vegetable grower has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs following the death of one of its farm managers.

Peter Barney, who had worked with Lincolnshire Field Products for 38 years, was hit and crushed by a forklift truck while walking across a yard at the company's Middle Farm site near Spalding in October 2010.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the prosecution after its investigation found the company did not have effective measures in place to allow vehicles and pedestrians to move around the site safely.

Safety consultants had carried out a risk assessment in 2003 which highlighted the need for pedestrians and vehicles to be segregated, but the firm did not fully implement these findings.

Lincolnshire Field Products was fined a total of £165,000 and ordered to pay £39,500 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Neil Ward said: "The company should have managed the yard so that people and vehicles were not sharing the same space. Sadly, Mr Barney lost his life because this simple procedure wasn't in place."

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