Director of Suffolk animal feed company in court over death of worker and “cover up”

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

A bulk animal feed company and one of its directors from Halesworth are on trial over the death of one of a worker who died from severe injuries to his chest.

Neville Bloss, a driver for Protein Feeds Ltd, based at Brakes Lane Farm in Darsham, Suffolk, died after he was struck by a JCB driven by director Adrian Herrmann, Norwich Crown Court heard.

The court was told that Mr Bloss had been taking samples of animal feed when he was struck by the vehicle and sustained severe crush injuries to his chest and died at the scene on December 19, 2011.

The company is charged with breaching health and safety regulations by not ensuring the safety of its employees.

Herrmann, 56, of Old Station Road, Halesworth, is also charged with another charge of perverting the course of justice, as it is alleged he tried to cover up poor working practises at the farm by providing falsified documents.

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Greg Perrins, prosecuting, said: 'It is the prosecution case that the incident was a direct result of the company's poor health and safety practises. The prosecution also allege that in attempting to cover up the company's poor working practises Herrmann is also guilty of perverting the course of justice.'

Mr Perrins said that a health and safety investigation was launched following the death of Mr Bloss and said there was evidence Herrmann had tried to mislead the health and safety officers by concocting training records for Mr Bloss, with the intent to suggest that sound health and safety procedures were in place.

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Mr Perrins said that Herrmann denied he had falsified or created any training record and claims he relied on advice and documents he was given and had no reason to doubt they were not genuine.

The trial continues.

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