Man dies in silo fall at Fincham farm

Police at Larchwood Foods Limited just outside of Fincham ANL-140907-144519009
Police at Larchwood Foods Limited just outside of Fincham ANL-140907-144519009

An investigation has been launched after a man died when falling into a grain silo.

Emergency services were called to Larchwood Foods at Hall Farm, in Swaffham Road, Fincham, which is owned by Hugh Mason, at 11.05am on Wednesday morning.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has not been named officially but is believed to be a member of the Mason family.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the incident but are not treating the death as suspicious.

A HSE spokesman said: “We are working alongside Norfolk Police to investigate the incident.”

Fire crews from Downham and Lynn attended along with ambulance service crews, including Magpas Helimedix.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “An ambulance, a duty officer, rapid response car, the trust’s hazardous area response team and Magpas Helimedix attended the scene. Our crews are also working closely with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Norfolk Constabulary.”

Larchwood Foods is a family run business owned by the Mason family, which has been farming in and around Fincham for more than 200 years.

The company produces rapeseed wheat and sugar beet and last year invested in state-of-the-art oil seed processing and bottling facilities alongside its storage barns, dryers, and offices.

Larchwood Foods declined to comment.

Condolences have been sent to Mr Mason and his staff by chairman of the Downham and District National Farmers Union, Ed Lankfer.

Mr Lankfer said: “Farming is the most dangerous industry in the country.

“I have contacted the farm manager to offer my condolences.”

A total of 29 people were killed in agricultural incidents during 2012 and 2013.