A schoolboy who died after being hit by a tractor at a Leeds farm often spent time there doing odd jobs like collecting eggs, an inquest has heard.
Eleven-year-old Harry Whitlam, of Bradford Road, East Ardsley, suffered fatal injuries when the vehicle reversed into him at Swithens Farm in Rothwell on August 9.
He was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary but, despite emergency surgery, died later that day.
At the opening of his inquest in Leeds today, coroner David Hinchliff said Harry had been at the farm with his mother, Pamela.
He said: “He was with his mother. His mother works in the kitchen area of the farm.
“Harry had been allowed to attend and would help out around the farm doing simple tasks like collecting eggs.
“It was just after 9am. Harry had been on the part of the farm where the public wouldn’t have access.
“There was a tractor and trailer being driven by a farm hand. This was reversing when it made contact with Harry, causing him serious injuries.”
After being flown by air ambulance to hospital, Harry was operated on but died shortly before 4pm.
Results of an initial postmortem showed that the youngster had died of “acute complications following a traumatic head injury”.
A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving and remains on bail.
Mr Hinchliff adjourned the inquest pending the results of investigations by police and the Health and Safety Executive.
The farm, which has a play barn, saddlery and farm shop as well as the working farm, remains open to the public