Back in 2011, it was reported that farming is considered the most dangerous job in the United Kingdom. That may not sound like it’s true, but thanks to the modernization of farming, the job has suddenly increased in risk. Here at The Inquisitr, we reported on such incidents in which a swarm of killer bees killed a farmer in Texas and how two donkeys mauled another farmer to death in Hungary. Apparently, it seems most deaths are animal related, though most injuries are related to farming technology.
Now reports are coming in of a teenager who died in the crappiest way possible on his family farm, and we mean that in the most literal way, too.
According to an article by Lancaster Online, it reports that Jonas King, a 15-year-old boy, died on his family’s Leacock Township farm on Saturday. The cause of death was asphyxiation by drowning. What makes this news worse is that it wasn’t in any body of water the boy drowned in. It was in a manure pit.
The details state that King was operating a skid loader when it overturned into the pit. He was belted onto the skid loader. Add in the fact that the skid loader was now on top of him, escape would have been almost impossible.
Garden Spot Fire & Rescue provided rescue assistance in which they removed the skid loader with the assistance of a wrecker from Null’s Towing. The equipment was resting upside-down with only its wheels visible atop the pit, which is about four feet deep. Steve Diener, the fire chief who was on scene, said King was completely submerged in the pit on the 239 Centerville Road farm when they arrived shortly before 11 am. It took them an hour to retrieve his body.
In a follow-up report by The Blaze, it examined that published newspaper records show here have been six local residents who died as a result of falling and jumping into a manure pit since 2007. This includes a five people back in 2007, a 4-year-old boy back in 2011, a man and two of his sons back in 2012, and a 35-year-old man back in 2013.
It is understandable why a manure pit is needed on a farm, possibly for fertilizer. But from the recent history of manure pit deaths, do you think it should probably be “redesigned” or at least made safer, probably with fencing? Let us know in the comments below.
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