Teacher trampled to death by a herd of cows

July 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A teacher died after he was trampled to death in a farmer’s field by a herd of COWS

Tragic Philip Whiting, 47, was working part time at Leechmere Farm, in Fordham, near Ely, Cambs., when he was crushed by cattle at 4.18pm on Saturday.

Emergency services dispatched a helicopter and ambulance to the farm and Mr Whiting was found lying unconscious in a field.

Despite attempts by paramedics to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

He suffered ”multiple traumatic injuries” from being crushed under the hooves of a herd of cattle.

It is understood Mr Whiting worked weekends on the farm.

A spokesman for East England Ambulance Service said: ”A man was found inconscious and not breathing. He had been trampled by cows.

”Crews did administer CPR but he was dead at the scene.”

Cambridgeshire Constabulary sent officers to the field to investigate a ”sudden death” but are not treating it as suspicious.

A spokesman said officers believed Mr Whiting, of Red Lodge, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, had been crushed by cattle.

His death has been handed to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which launched an investigation treating the incident as an ”industrial accident”.

Spokesman Jeremy Owen said: ”The HSE is aware of the death and investigating the circumstances.

”The man was crushed by cattle on Saturday afternoon and we understand from initial investigations he was helping out on the farm at the time.

”As this is a workplace death the HSE is responsible for investigating incidents which take place at work.”

An inquest into the death is due to be opened and adjourned at Wisbech.

The cause of death is listed as multiple traumatic injuries.

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