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Norfolk farmers fined £21,000 over Suffolk worker death

A Norfolk farm has been fined £21,000 over the death of a 24-year-old man.

Sam Foley, from Newmarket, Suffolk, was towing a trailer at Grange Farm, Snetterton, when it crashed into the tractor and crushed him in July 2007.

Timothy and Jonathan Wyatt, owners of Pearn Wyatt & Son, appeared at Norwich Crown Court having admitted health and saftey breaches.

The company was also ordered to pay £52,000 in costs following the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) case.

The judge allowed the family to pay it in instalments over two and a half years.

The HSE said the trailer had not been maintained and was not suitable for transporting solid manure.

Farming 'dangerous'

The father and son also admitted they did not have a proper system of checks in place that may have revealed a weakness in the machinery.

But the judge said it was clear he was dealing with a reputable family firm.

He added he had made sure the fine and costs would not destroy the firm as there was "nothing to gain" in putting the future of the company, which employs 14 people, in jeopardy.

HSE Inspector Malcolm Crowther said: "Farming is one of the country's most dangerous industries with people often working on their own and in remote locations.

"Making health and safety a priority before heading out each day is so important and takes a relatively small amount of time."

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