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Armagh farmer David Murphy fined after teen worker's leg was impaled on tractor prong

Published 18/03/2016

A dairy farmer has been fined after a teenager worker was seriously injured after their leg was impaled on a piece of farm machinery.

David Murphy of 87 Derryhawe Road, Tynan, County Armagh was fined £1,000 for a health and safety breach that led to the serious injury of the teenager.

While erecting a fence, the young worker’s left leg was impaled by one of the prongs of a silage buckrake which fell from the front of a telescopic materials handler.

Friday's  sentencing comes as a result of a Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into the incident in June 2015 on Mr Murphy’s land in Killylea, County Armagh.

Speaking after Friday's sentencing Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI’s major investigation team, said:  “Farmers must ensure that proper systems are in place to prevent employees being injured. In addition, the correct equipment must be used and be maintained in good working order. 

"Any misuse of equipment, or the wrong choice of machinery has the potential for things to go wrong, resulting in serious injury, as was the case in this totally preventable accident.”

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