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Slurry tankers changed after death of Co Down farmer

Slurry tanker manufacturers have agreed to change their design after the tragic death of a farmer last year which was described “avoidable”.

David Mayne from Windy Ridge, Banbridge was crushed to death after a fully loaded slurry tanker, weighing ten tonnes, rolled over him as he attempted to change a tyre.

At an inquest two months ago, Coroner John Leckey said that a "product design flaw" was the over-riding factor in the accident which took place on the Ardbrin Road, Katesbridge on 16 February 2011.

The jury found that the father-of-five's death was avoidable and ruled that the lack of an identifiable jacking point on the tanker had led to his death, prompting 12 manufacturers which make Northern Ireland slurry tankers to decide to change the design process.

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