A man suffered crushing injuries after a feed bin “failed” while being filled at south-eastern egg packer Friday’s headquarters.
The incident, which happened at about 1pm on Monday (1 February), resulted in Kent’s air ambulance being sent to the farm, as well as a regular car response.
The feed bin caused a “crushing” injury to the man’s chest and ribs, and he was admitted to Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury for further assessment.
A Friday’s spokesman told Kent Online: “An incident occurred yesterday where a feed bin failed whilst being filled by a feed delivery vehicle.
“Part of the bin and some poultry feed fell to the ground.
“The lorry operator suffered bruising and was taken to hospital as a precaution. He is now back home recuperating and the company are investigating this unusual occurrence.”
It comes after the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) issued a warning that farmers should check the integrity of their feed bins in the wake of two collapsing in the Netherlands.
“The tragic and catastrophic incidents in the Netherlands are a timely reminder of how important it is to pay attention to regular inspection of equipment”
George Perrott, feed sector head at the AIC