A Spalding farming business has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after a farm manager was crushed to death when he was hit by a forklift truck.
Popular Peter Barney (58), of Broadgate, Weston, was walking from his car across the yard at Middle Farm on Mill Marsh Road in Moulton Seas End when he was struck on October 31, 2010.
His employer, Lincolnshire Field Products Ltd, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation found the company did not have effective measures in place to allow vehicles and pedestrians to move around the site safely.
Lincoln Crown Court heard that Mr Barney, who had worked for the firm for 38 years, was making his way to a potato grading shed when he crossed the path of a forklift being driven by a farm employee. He died at the scene of the incident after being crushed by the vehicle.
* Full story in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.