Game farm fined tens of thousands of pounds after shed fire seriously injured worker
Date of alert:
Tuesday, 10 October 2023
West Yorkshire Police
A game farm near Leeds has been fined nearly £27,000 after a fire in a rearing shed resulted in serious injuries to one of its employees.
the employee suffered second and third degree burns, and was kept in an induced coma for five days, and not released from hospital until 12 days later.
The incident happened at Yorkshire Game Farm, located in Woodlesford, West Yorkshire on 6 May 2020.
Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee had been installing gas heaters in a pheasant rearing shed, ready for a new crop of birds.
Upon turning on the gas supply and lighting the heaters, the shed burst into flames, causing him significant burns and totally destroying the shed.