A Fatal Accident Inquiry held at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court has found that a farm worker who was found dead with crush injuries was most likely to have been killed by a bull. Graeme Riddick, 49, was a self-employed casual worker at Cuil Farm and on December 23rd last year was found face down in the field that contained the bull and 36 heifers.
The inquiry highlighted that there was no failure or defect on the part of the farm, which had implemented a safe system of working and had told Mr Riddick to follow health and safety guidelines he was provided with when he carried out work on the farm. The sheriff was satisfied the farm took safety seriously, and could only speculate why Mr Riddick had chosen on this occasion to enter the field alone and on foot in the presence of the bull.
A Health and Safety executive official said he was satisfied with the risk assessment and materials at the farm, also stating that Mr Riddick had probably been killed by cattle.
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