Cornwall

Pengelly Farms Ltd fined £75k over death of Konrad Miskiewicz

A farming company has been ordered to pay £125,000 for a safety breach which led to the death of a young worker.

Konrad Miskiewicz, 24, from Poland was electrocuted by an overhead power cable when working on a potato harvester near Falmouth, Cornwall in July 2011.

Truro Crown Court heard three other workers on the harvester were also in significant danger.

Pengelly Farms Ltd previously pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of Mr Miskiewicz.

Judge Simon Carr said he was not placing a value on Mr Miskiewicz's life when he ordered the company, of Newham Road, Truro, to pay a £75,000 fine and £50,000 in costs.

'Bitter regret'

The judge said a reliance on written health and safety advice was "particularly vulnerable" when dealing with migrant workers.

The court heard the conveyor belt above the harvester hit the overhead cables at Higher Kergilliack Farm.

Mr Miskiewicz was "probably thrown" from the harvester and was subsequently pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

An inquest held in May 2015 recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The court heard Pengelly Farms had a turnover of £3.6m in 2014-15.

Simon Morgan, for the defence, said company directors Simon and Philip Rogers wanted to express "bitter regret and remorse" and had put several measures in place to avoid any future incidents.

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