Among occupations that involve working with livestock, cattle handlers are one of the highest risk groups for being involved in an accident at work.
Over the past decade, an average of one person a week has been killed as the resulted of a farm-related accident. As a law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation including work-related accidents, Accident Advice Helpline has developed an unrivalled knowledge of health & safety in the workplace.
Here is some advice on how to handle cattle safely. Although many farmers and individual members of the public have been killed as the result of an accident involving cattle in a field, it is in confined spaces where cattle are at their most dangerous.
Assess the training and age of your cattle handlers
Ensure that your team has undergone the relevant training in order to handle cattle. No legal limit has been set for handling cattle; however the HSE recommends that no children under 13 years of age should be involved in any way in handling cattle. Many accidents also occur to experienced workers who have passed retirement age who are perhaps less agile.
Review your handling facilities
A makeshift gate is not sufficient in order to contain cattle. Ensure that any fencing or structures you have erected are sturdy and able to cope with an escape attempt by cattle. It is important not to try and treat sick or wounded cattle that are only held in place by a gate.
Position of cattle housing
Many cattle are housed in isolation, meaning that they can become frustrated and aggressive due to a lack of contact. You may wish to situate a bull-pen where it is in view of the other cattle housed. Ensure that you have an empty pen to which you can move cattle if you need access to their pen for cleaning or maintenance.
Have you suffered an accident on a farm?
If you’ve been injured in the course of your employment on a farm within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis and the majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients won’t have to fear the prospect of facing a current or previous employer in court.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice