The number of agricultural fatal injury claims has risen in recent years; in fact, several people die annually as a direct result of fatal injuries in farming, horticulture and other related industries in the agricultural field.
If you have suffered the tragedy of losing a loved one in such circumstances and wish to initiate proceedings a fatal injury claim, you should talk to us at Accident Advice Helpline.
Causes of agricultural fatal injury
Unfortunately, farms in general have poor health and safety records. Accidents are an unavoidable part of life; however, the chances of being involved in an accident are increased if you work on a farm. In some cases, these accidents are fatal.
There are many causes of fatalities in the agricultural sector and the most common are listed below:
- Accidents involving farm vehicles: Examples of these vehicles include combine harvesters, forklift trucks and tractors. Fatalities may occur when individuals are crushed by the vehicles, when vehicles collide with each other, when they overturn, or when they collide with buildings.
- Falls from heights: This includes falling from trees, roofs or ladders, resulting in severe injuries or fatalities.
- Accidents involving falling objects: Heavy objects falling from a height can be very dangerous. This includes objects such as trees, timber, collapsing buildings or even bales of hay.
- Accidents involving farm machinery: Examples of potentially lethal farm machinery include transmission belts and blades.
- Injuries or illnesses caused by dangerous chemicals and other hazardous substances: There are several dangerous chemicals in use on farms, including herbicides and pesticides. Individuals can develop fatal illnesses if exposed to these substances for an extended period.
- Injuries caused by dangerous livestock: Working with large farm animals comes with the risk of sustaining fatal injuries.
As in all other industries, employers in the agricultural sector have a duty of care towards their employees. This means that employers are responsible for the health and safety of all their employees.
This responsibility extends to ensuring that all agricultural machinery is well maintained and properly operated, all employees are properly trained to carry out their respective tasks, and providing adequate protective equipment to their employees. Additionally, employers or farm owners are required to carry out regular assessments to identify and minimise risks in the workplace.
If these duties are neglected and a fatal accident occurs, the employer can be pursued for agricultural accidents fatal injury compensation.
Who can make this claim?
Fatal agricultural accidents can affect both employees and members of the public, including children. You can make a claim for compensation only if you are legally allowed to do so. The law in the UK allows you to claim compensation if you are:
- A dependant of the deceased.
- A close relative of the deceased.
- Part of the deceased’s estate.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you are unsure about the eligibility of your agriculture fatal injury claim, do not hesitate to contact Accident Advice Helpline. We are experts in personal injury matters and we will give you the best advice concerning your claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown