‘Cavalier’ pesticide use leads to £20,000 payout

A farm has been fined for criminally disregarding safety requirements when it trespassed into a garden to lay rabbit poison

Phostoxin is used to control rabbits. Photograph: Diliff CC BY-SA 3.0A Norfolk farming company has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 after it put people at risk of exposure to a toxic pesticide.

Norfolk Crown Court fined T Long and Company Ltd fined £15,000 with £4,967costs on 22 September. The firm had pleaded guilty to jeopardising the health, safety and welfare of its employees and the public, contrary to sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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