Health and safety case study of the Ruston Engine Accident at Heckington Windmill.
The talk will cover the background of the installation of the engine and Hurst Frame, the accident, the subsequent HSE investigations, inquest, and lessons learnt.
Set in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside, this Grade I listed windmill was built in 1830 with five sails. Damaged in a storm in 1890, the mill was repaired using eight sails, the cap and machinery from a local windmill in Boston.
Jim Bailey was born in London in 1951, Jim was raised and educated in Suffolk, before joining the Royal Navy in 1968. He trained as a Marine Engineer, was commissioned in 1980 and finally left the service in 2003 in the rank of Commander.
A visit to Heckington Mill in 2007 led to volunteering and learning the art of milling. Elected to the committee shortly after, he became Mill Manager in 2010 and one of the founder members for the Project Group which set out to plan, raise the finance for, then oversee the regeneration of the mill site. A Trustee and Director of Heckington Windmill Trust from 2015, Jim also led in the outreach programme and was involved from the day-to-day operation and management of the Windmill Trust at all levels. He stood down for the Trust Management Board in 2020 but remains actively involved with the windmill, primarily within the engineering group. He served on the committee of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Mills Section for 6 years and as Vice-Chair for the last 3, standing down in late 2020.
IT requirements: Please note that this is an online lecture and will be held via a webinar platform. You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio.
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