The family of a child killed in a farm accident have called on those living on farms to be more aware of the dangers all around them.
Four-year old Harry Lee was fatally injured when he fell from the footplate of a vehicle being driven by his uncle, Brian Nutter. As the vehicle turned into a field, Harry fell and was crushed under the wheels.
Harry’s heartbroken mum, Sarah Nutter said: “Losing a child at any age is a traumatic experience, but losing a child in such deeply tragic circumstances is completely life changing.
“Farming is a lifestyle and a way of life. If we could go back and make different decisions and do things differently, we would certainly do so. We have had to learn the hard way.
“The dangers to children on farms are often not appreciated when you live with them, but they should be at the forefront of all our minds every single day.
“I hope the effects of Harry’s accident will change the attitude of people living on farms and make them think twice about the dangers their children are exposed to and how easily accidents can be avoided.”
Diane Parker, specialist personal injury solicitor, commented: “This case is nothing short of tragic and our deepest sympathies are with Harry’s family.
“Each year, children are killed or seriously injured on farms and often, as in this case, the child is a close relative of the farmer or someone working on the farm.
“Farms may seem like exciting places to children, but it is illegal to let a child under the age of 13 ride on or operate farm machinery. There needs to be a clear barrier that signifies where playing stops and work starts. After all, no other industry would allow children in the workplace.”
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident and found there was insufficient measures in place to ensure the safety of children on the farm.
Brian Nutter, already traumatised by his nephew’s death, narrowly escaped a prison sentence after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work act 1974.
HSE inspector, Shellie Bee, said: “The best way to keep children safe, particularly young children, is to keep them out of the farm workplace altogether. If taken onto the farm, to working areas, this must be carefully planned. The child should be fully supervised by a responsible adult who is not engaged in any other activity.”