INJURIES to a man who died in a tragic accident are likely to have been caused by cattle falling on him, a coroner has said.
Philip Whiting, 47, of Heath Farm Road, in Red Lodge, died on July 3 last year at Leechmere Farm, in Fordham, Cambridgeshire.
An inquest in Wisbech on Friday heard that Mr Whiting had regularly worked on the farm at weekends.
He was friends with farm owners Malcolm Palmer and his father, Hugh.
He had volunteered to help out with milking the cows after Hugh Palmer began to find it difficult to work.
Malcolm Palmer said: “Unfortunately, there is only one person who knows what happened.
“When you send a very good friend off to do a job that you do every day and they don’t come back, it’s hard.”
The inquest heard from Stephen Faulkner, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, that Mr Whiting had taken the cows into a wooded area.
Malcolm Palmer became concerned when the herd arrived for milking but Mr Whiting was not with them.
Mr Palmer’s wife, Lynn, then went to look for Mr Whiting and found him lying among trees.
Mr Faulkner said the ground near Mr Whiting was free from hoof marks which would have indicated that he had been trampled.
Coroner William Morris said: “This appears to be one of those tragic accidents that was unforesseen.”
Mr Morris recorded a verdict of accidental death.