As we go to work each day, we may not be aware that we are at risk of accidents at work. No matter which sector you work in, there is always an element of risk involved in every task you undertake within your role.
That being said, some professions pose a greater threat to workers than others. While this may be expected of job roles such as lion tamers and cable workers, it is the common roles such as construction and farming that usually surprise people when they appear on the ‘most dangerous careers’ lists.
Types of farming accidents
Although only a small percentage of the working population is employed within the farming sector, within this there is a high number of self-employed workers and grafters of an older age.
Although this combination of age and self-working status usually indicate a high-level of experience, it is true that insufficient formal training is usually taken, which can lead to occupational accidents and injuries. For example, 32 per cent of fatalities and non-fatal farm injuries occur due to inadequate training on using modern machinery and equipment.
Other farm accidents include, but are not limited to, accidents involving:
- Chemicals and other hazardous substances
- Silos and slurries
- Falls from height
- Falling objects
- Auditory ailments due to loud equipment
Placing blame for your farming accident
When working on a farm, your employer is responsible for your health and safety. If you sustain an injury due to their negligence, you could be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Farm owners can increase the level of safety on their farm by downloading and following The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) PDF document, Working safely with agricultural machinery. Other safety information and documentation is available to download via their website to help prevent work-related accidents.
Assistance from a law firm
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and now boasts over 14 years’ experience in assisting victims of work-related accidents throughout their personal injury claims process.
Accident Advice Helpline offers a free initial consultation for victims of accidents at work, with no obligation to proceed with your claim at the end of your phone call.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 – or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile – lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week for your convenience. Whatever your daily routine, Accident Advice Helpline work to fit in with your needs.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice