A farmer who died in April last year has had an inquest take place into his death.
The farmer, Matthew Drummond, died after the vehicle he was driving hit an electricity cable, as reported by FGinsight..
The incident occurred last year at Heaton Farm in Middleton and the young man was pronounced dead at the scene. A man, battling to save Mr. Drummond, suffered an electric shock himself, sending him flying backwards. This resulted in him needing treatment in hospital.
Emergency services were called to the scene at the time and came in the shape of an ambulance, helicopter and police. The inquest held yesterday heard that the power lines, struck by Mr. Drummond’s vehicle, were clear in sight though no warning signs were placed near them as required.
The accident occurred as Mr. Drummond was moving sand to the farm, when the crane he was operating struck the power lines overhead, resulting in him receiving an electric shock. Mr. Drummond is survived by his wife and children. The inquest into his death will continue over the coming days.
NOTE: We reported on this story to highlight the need to stay vigilant when operating machinery.