[Daily Mail] Charlotte Louise Conroy-Taylor, 45, died after bale fell on her at Beaumont Grange Farm in Morecambe, Lancashire. She had warned about the dangers of such an incident only months beforehand an inquest hears. The tragedy happened as she mucked out stables with her daughter Zara, 13.
A keen horsewoman died after being crushed by a ‘precariously balanced’ hay bale just months after warning about the dangers at a livery stable, an inquest heard today.
Charlotte Louise Conroy-Taylor, was killed when the giant hay bale weighing a ton fell on her at the stables where she kept her daughter Zara’s horse, Flash. Mrs Conroy-Taylor had kept the horse at Beaumont Grange Farm, which has an equestrian centre with a riding school, for several years.
But tragedy struck in May last year when Mrs Conroy-Taylor, 45, went to the stables to help ‘muck out’ Zara’s horse after returning from a family holiday. An inquest into her death at Preston Coroner’s Court was told that Mrs Conroy-Taylor died almost instantly after being struck by the hay bale covered in black plastic.
Giving evidence 13-year-old Zara told how her mother had warned of an accident occurring with the hay bales prior to her death. She said: ‘A few months before the accident my mum said “I bet one day one of them is going to fall” because she wasn’t as happy as she should have been with the way that they were stacked.
The girl said she went to the stables with her mother every evening at around 5pm.
Mrs Conroy-Taylor, Youth Offending Team manager at Lancashire County Council, would begin mucking out duties whilst Zara rode her horse around the stables.
Zara said her mother suffered from a bad back causing her to ‘hunch over’ meaning she preferred to get hay from a trough within the stables rather than access the bales. However, on a number of occasions clients were forced to access the hay bales as the trough ‘was more often than not empty’.
She said: ‘We never opened a bale at the bottom of the stack and would know not to open one supporting the stack. It would make it unstable or fall it was common sense.’
On May 31 last year, the last time Zara saw her mother alive was as she stood next to a stack of hay bales around five metres high. Preston and West Lancashire Coroner, James Adeley said: ‘Zara went to muck out the horse and Charlotte went to collect some hay.
But after her mother left Zara heard a scream a few moments later and found her mother on the floor with a hay bale near her feet and another by her side.
‘Zara called for help but Charlotte had already succumbed to her death.’ Zara held her mother’s hand and squeezed it but Mrs Conroy-Taylor did not respond, the court heard……
5th Sept, 2012
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