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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Farm fined after 17-year-old suffers crush injuries to foot

A farming company has been fined just under £16,600 after a 17-year-old employee suffered crush injuries to his foot.

Bridlington Magistrates’ Court heard that on December 20th, 2017, a concrete panel was dropped during a lifting operation involving a telehandler vehicle on a farm in Owstwick, Yorkshire.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the panel was being installed to repair a pig shed.

A telehandler was used to lower the panel, weighing over a tonne, into place. The load fell after the tines of the telehandler were withdrawn.

The panel fell onto the young worker resulting in midfoot fractures and crush injuries.

Farming company fined

T Cook & Son (Farmers) Ltd of Kenby Farm, Owstwick, Roos, Withernsea, East Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8 (1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

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The company has been fined £4,690.00 and ordered to pay £11,905.96 in costs.

Incident ‘could have been avoided’

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Taylor, commented:

“All lifting activities should be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”

“HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those responsible for lifting operations especially when young persons are put at risk,” Taylor concluded.

Dog owner to pay over £2,700

A court has ordered a woman to pay £2,773 (approximately €3,220) in compensation after her dog worried livestock.

According to a spokesperson for North Dorset police, two separate incidents resulted in the deaths of 12 sheep.

“A North Dorset woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of being the owner of a dog that worried livestock and has been ordered to pay a total of £2,773 compensation at a hearing at Poole Magistrates’ Court.”

“The incidents had a significant impact on the local community, with persons actively looking to take matters into their own hands and shoot the dog involved.”

“Officers worked with the family and an animal rescue centre and facilitated the dog being rehomed with an appropriate responsible owner in another part of the country, away from any livestock,” the spokesperson concluded.

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