Sheffield dad killed as tractor overturns

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A MAN has been fined £10,000 after an employee was crushed to death when a tractor overturned and landed on him.

Christopher Fox, from Osberton, near Worksop, was killed instantly when the tractor overturned during a tree-felling operation in November 2009.

Mr Fox, aged 60, was standing by the tractor, being used to control the direction of the tree as it was being felled.

But the tree fell in an unexpected direction and overturned the tractor, crushing Mr Fox.

The incident in November 2009 happened at Hodsock Forest Farm, Blyth Road, Osberton.

Mr Fox was employed by the GMT Foljambe 1996 Discretionary Trust, of which defendant George Foljambe is a trustee.

Foljambe of Mill Farm, Osberton, was prosecuted at Nottingham Crown Court for failing to ensure Mr Fox’s safety and to ensure he had received adequate training in the equipment he was using. He was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £20,327 costs.

Health and Safety Executive inspector David Butter said: “These employees had not been trained to carry out felling on this size of tree and were using inappropriate tools to assist them, which has unfortunately resulted in a death of a husband and father.”