Apple farm boss Andrew Stocker jailed over deaths
1 July 2015
From the section England
Andrew Stocker encouraged a practice known as “scuba diving” to retrieve the apples
A farm manager has been jailed for the manslaughter of two workers who died after being sent into a nitrogen-filled tank while holding their breath.
Scott Cain and Ashley Clarke suffocated in the apple container, where the oxygen level was 1%.
They were trying to retrieve apples for an agricultural competition.
Andrew Stocker, who was boss of the fruit farm at Tory peer Lord Selborne’s Hampshire estate, was jailed for two-and-half years.
Blackmoor Estate Ltd, which pleaded guilty in January to three offences related to contravening health and safety regulations, was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay costs.
Scott Cain, 23, and Ashley Clarke, 24, were both assistants at the farm and were found lying on crates of apples
The pack house where the men died has since closed, Winchester Crown Court heard.
During the trial, it was heard Stocker encouraged the practice nicknamed “scuba diving” in which workers held their breath while trying to retrieve apples.
The 57-year-old, of The Links, Whitehill, Bordon, Hampshire, had denied manslaughter, but admitted exposing the men to a risk of death.
He was on holiday in the Maldives at the time of the men’s deaths, but had …read more
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