Tractor which crushed farmer ‘in poor condition’

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A TRACTOR was “in poor mechanical condition” when it crushed a farmer, a fatal accident inquiry heard.

The 16-year-old Czechoslovakian vehicle had faulty headlights, brakes and steering when farmer Brian Reid drove it over his father Jock, 84.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that Brian only realised something was wrong when he felt a “bump” under the tractor’s wheels.

Mr Reid died from abdominal and chest injuries shortly after being taken to hospital from Balbardie Farm, near Bathgate, in December 2011.

Richard Wilson, 57, specialist investigator for the Heath and Safety Executive in Scotland, told the inquiry today that he examined the tractor the day after the accident.

He said the faults left it “just about acceptable for low-speed operation in that environment”, but added: “No-one should have been near the tractor when it was being used.”

The inquiry, before Sheriff Susan Baird, continues.