Doncaster farmer’s wife crushed by half-tonne bucket

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A farmer’s wife was killed when her husband accidentally dropped a half-tonne steel bucket on her.

Arthur and Joy Turnbull were repairing fencing broken by a runaway cow when the accident happened, her inquest heard.

When rescue crews arrived, they found Mrs Turnbull trapped under the lifting bucket – and her husband told them: “I’ve killed her.”

The Doncaster inquest heard Mr Turnbull inadvertently released the bucket from a telehandler machine used to force a fencing post into the ground at Bilham House Farm, Hooton Pagnell, Doncaster.

Mother-of-two Mrs Turnbull, aged 65, was holding the post upright when the bucket fell, fracturing her spinal cord and causing crush injuries.

After the inquest jury reached a conclusion of accidental death, Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy said she would write to the Health and Safety Executive with her concerns about the control panel in the cab of the telehandler.

Mr Turnbull is believed to have pressed the wrong button, which caused a quick release of the bucket, rather than one next to it for moving the telescopic boom.

Mrs Turnbull’s family said: “What we all miss about Joy is her generosity of spirit.”