Tractor driver accused of health and safety breaches following death
Following the tragic death of a pre-teenage boy at a farm in Leeds, a tractor driver has appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court charged with two breaches of health and safety regulations.
The tractor was being driven by Gary Green, 51, when the incident occurred. In August 2013, 11-year-old Harry Whitlam was walking out of a barn at Swithens Barn when he was hit by the tractor. Harry spent time at the farm where his mother was a cook, helping with feeding the animals.
According to the prosecution at Leeds Magistrates' Court, Green had permitted workers on the farm to consume alcohol while they were working. Prosecutor Andrew Broom said:
“This is an alleged breach of health and safety legislation that he did expose employees at the farm to risk by working under the influence of drink.”
He added that the case was based on the fact that it is the prosecution's belief that Harry Whitlam died due to the exposure of employees to various risks. Green appeared in court wearing a hoodie and jeans, appearing without emotion, according to a report in the Daily Mail. The two charges of breaching health and safety legislation were denied by Green, who was released on bail until May 9th, when he will appear at Leeds Crown Court.
All employers have a responsibility to maintain the safety of employees and members of the public on the premises. This may include the use of PPE in some instances.