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Escaped cow injures meat inspector

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A meat hygiene inspector from Surrey has been awarded £6,000 in damages following being landed on by a cow who jumped over the top of her stunning pen. The inspector was passing along a narrow path in front of the pens when the cow made her escape. She landed on the inspector, Mr Melvyn Treen from Camberley in Surrey, causing him injury to his back, neck and shoulder. The accident occurred at the Chitty Wholesale Abbattoir at Slyfield Industrial Estate in Guilford. 

Totally avoidable

The 62-year-old described the incident: “The cow was being moved into the stunning pen, it managed to push out of the top between the release handle for the revolving door and fell on top of me, injuring my right shoulder, neck and back”. He stated that he had received four sessions of physiotherapy which had not helped with his pain and mobility.  He explained that as a result he had been forced to take time off work, and had missed out on opportunities to earn overtime. He described the situation as “very frustrating”.

Mr Treen contacted his union who conceded that the accident was totally avoidable. They noted that a restraining bar had been removed and referred Mr Treen to their solicitors. The law firm proceeded with the case stating: “This was an unusual case but once proceedings were issued the defendants were keen to settle and a settlement figure of £6 thousand was agreed”.

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