A contractor’s mechanic was changing an oil pipe on a silage trailer when the trailer dropped trapping his arm. The operative is arm is bruised but not broken. They were working on their own machinery with own fitter not under instruction from the Velcourt Farm.
Whilst moving a Keeble Subsoiler on a back road, the offside rear stub axle sheared off, allowing the chassis of the machine to drop onto the road. No one was hurt and no damage was done to any property.
The implement had been checked over in the workshop two days earlier, no signs of any cracks were found but all staff were reminded to check machines of this age and nature for signs of stress fractures and cracks especially given the current hard conditions.
After following a farm worker along the public highway using a Case Magnum and a 6m culti-press, when the operator arrived at the field it was found that no mechanical stop was used to prevent the press from unfolding or dropping to the ground.
The worker was reminded to use the hydraulic locking taps to prevent the machine from lowering, and to use a strap to act as a mechanical barrier preventing the press from opening in case a hydraulic pipe failed.