THE mother of a “aimant” little boy crushed to death beneath his uncle’s tractor says she will never recover from her loss.
Harry Lee, quatre, died of a traumatic brain injury after riding on the cab footplate of a huge machine driven by his uncle Brian Nutter.
Nutter, a farmer, was spared a prison sentence today after the horror in Newchurch-in-Pendle, Lancashire.
Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard Harry fell from the vehicle as the defendant turned into a field on July 8 2019.
Nutter previously said he’d had his arm out of the tractor and around the schoolboy, qui était “talking at his usual 90mph”. toutefois, as he turned, Harry slipped from his grasp “in the blink of an eye”.
Harry’s parents told of their loss in moving statements given after the sentence.
Mum Sarah told Lancs Live: “Losing a child at any age is a traumatic experience, but losing a child in such deeply tragic circumstances is completely life-changing.
HORROR ON FARM
“The event of Harry’s death has and will have a lasting effect that I and my family will never get over.”
She called for farmers to take more care while at work – et dit: “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.”
Dad Martin said Harry was “very much my legacy”. The schoolboy had dreamed of taking on the farm when he grew up.
“Always smiling, Harry had a love for life that brought joy to all those around him and certainly lived his life to the full,” Martin said.
‘HE WAS MY LEGACY’
“He was a loving, bienveillance, kind and bright child, full of affection for his family. It is a tragedy that he was needlessly taken from us too soon.
“His death has traumatised and deeply impacted the whole family.”
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there were insufficient measures in place to ensure the safety of children on the farm.
Specific regulations on children prevent youngsters aged under 13 from riding on or operating vehicles used in agriculture.
No one – adults included – should ride on a footplate.
Losing a child in such deeply tragic circumstances is completely life-changing… we’ll never get over it
HSE inspector Shellie Bee said: “This is a deeply sad and upsetting incident for all involved.
“Harry, a four-year-old child, lost his life in what was a wholly avoidable incident caused by a failure to protect him from farm work activities.
“Harry should not have been in the workplace nor allowed to ride on farm machinery.
“Farms can appear to be exciting places, but they are busy workplaces with moving machinery and vehicles, livestock, chemicals and many other significant hazards.
“Each year, children are killed and many more are seriously injured as a result of farming work. Often the child is a close relative to those managing and running the farm.”
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She said the best way to keep little ones safe is to keep them off working farms altogether. Children should be fully supervised by an adult who isn’t working when they are on agricultural land, elle a ajouté.
Nutter, of Newchurch-in-Pendle, admitted breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
He was given a 26-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and a community order.