A good friend was killed exactly the same way this year, hasn't got to court yet as far as I know.
Mate in the box knew very well it wasn't safe and so did the farmer driving the loader, for the sake of £100 on a scaffold tower my mates dead. A tenner on a ratchet strap would have saved his life by keeping the box on the forks, farmer probably had one and mate probably had one in his truck but lets save 5 minutes by not bothering. Stupid and tragic!
Just to make it even worse his son was with him and watched it happen.
Not the first time and won't be the last because for some reason some farmers are just idiots.
Occasionally there are unforeseen accidents but very nearly always they are easily avoidable. I have farmed all of my 57 years, so did my dad and so did his and so have most of my relations. There have been one or two lucky escapes but no serious injuries. The lucky escapes could easily have turned out much worse but the overriding factor is it was obviously dangerous and almost inevitable that someone was about to get hurt. How can you possibly be too pressed for time to be careful? The first rule is always that everybody goes home unharmed.
I have worked on other farms and can't believe how many times I have seen people put their lives in obvious serious danger for absolutely no reason at all.