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Farm death was ‘terrible learning experience,’ inquiry says

On January 31, 2014, Stephen Gibson became entangled in some farm equipment and was killed while his employer looked on.

“You never forget it. It has to be something that everyone sees…. It was a terrible learning experience,” Robert Hamilton, fighting back tears, told a two-day inquiry set up to investigate the death on Monday.

He said the death has him convinced that safety education should be mandatory for both farm workers and their employers and there should be mandatory compensation for injured employees.

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