Lancaster farmer sentenced after man trampled to death by cattle
Posted on 14th February 2022
Our farm accident solicitors discuss the important new case, and what it means for farm accident claims.
Our farm accident solicitors in Lancaster were saddened by the recent news stories about an elderly man being trampled to death by a farmer’s cows on a public footpath.
The incident, which has now been investigated by the HSE, took place when a couple were walking on a public footpath that passed through a farm near Lancaster, with their two dogs. As they walked through the field, the couple were attacked by cattle, with the 83-year-old man passing away and his wife being left with serious injuries.
Our farm accident solicitors in Lancaster know just how dangerous cattle can be, and how important it is that farmers take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of employees and members of the public on their farmland. In line with this, Christopher Sharpe, the owner of the farm, plead guilty to breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety Act of 1974. Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (HSWA) places a duty on employers to operate their premises safely in order to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that people who are not in their employment but could be at risk of injury because of it, are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. This section of the legislation is in place to protect anyone affected by the employer’s work activities, including members of the public.
Our farm accident solicitors can report that he has received a 12-week prison sentence, a 12 month suspended sentence, a fine of £878, and was also made to pay £7820.30 in costs. After the hearing for the case, the HSE inspector involved in the case stated that “a number of measures could have been taken to safeguard walkers using the path, while cattle and calves were grazing in that field.”
He added: “Farmers should ensure they take all reasonably practicable precautions to protect walkers on public rights of way, especially when they are grazing cows and calves together, or bulls are present.”
Farm accident claims:
As stated above, our farm accident solicitors are here to let you know that when you are on a farm, whether at work on a farm or as a member of the public walking along a public footpath, you are owed a legal duty of care from the farm owner. If you have been injured in any way in a farm accident, and it was not your fault, then this duty of care could well have been broken and you could be eligible to make a no win no fee farm accident claim with our specialist farm accident solicitors.
If you are looking to make a farm accident claim for injuries sustained in a farming accident, then your first step is to get in touch with a specialist farm accident personal injury solicitor. Our team of farm accident solicitors are experts in all aspects of accident at work claims, including farm accident claims. Whether you have been injured by a falling object, livestock, or in a tractor accident, or by faulty fencing, then our team are here to help.
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