Farm safety call after slurry deaths

A widow has called for improved farm safety after the deaths of two men in a slurry pit at a farm in south Essex.

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Slurry deaths ruled accidental

Craig Whipps
Craig Whipps died in July 2011

The inquests into the deaths of two men killed on a farm in Essex have returned verdicts of accidental death.

27-year-old Craig Whipps, from Denton in South Norfolk, became submerged in slurry from a tank while working at Albyns Farm in Stapleford Tawney on the 15th of July 2011. His colleague Paul Gray was overcome by fumes as he tried to help him.

Jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the farm's owner had tried but been unable to save the two men. Post mortem examinations revealed that they died of immersion.

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Inquest hears of bid to save farm workers

An inquest's been hearing about a farmer's desperate attempts to save two men from a torrent of slurry on his farm in Essex.

Craig Whipps died while emptying a tank containing the liquid manure at Albyns Farm in Stapleford Tawney in July 2011. His colleague Paul Gray was overcome by fumes as he tried to help him.

Serena Sandhu reports...