All occupations carry the risk of accidents at work, however when you are working on a farm you face sector-specific hazards that can lead to myriad complex injuries and illnesses.
Although working on a farm can be extremely rewarding, duties are laborious and place a lot of strain on your body. We take a look at the common occupational hazards when working on a farm.
Common accidents when working on a farm
The physical demands placed on your body, the dangerous nature of duties, sector-specific machinery use, and chemicals, all pose health and safety hazards to those who are working on a farm.
Common hazards, which are known to cause injuries and illness among those working on a farm, include, but are not limited to:
- Animals – bites, kicks, crushing, infection
- Chemicals – can be toxic and/or cause respiratory problems
- Heights – slips, trips and falls
- Vehicles – collisions, falls off vehicles, uneven terrain
- Physical strain – from laborious duties, heavy-lifting etc
- Environment – uneven grounding; terrain can become dangerous due to adverse weather conditions; outdoor working can lead to sunstroke and other seasonal illnesses
Who is to blame for your accident at work?
Many farmers are self-employed and are responsible for their own health and safety while at work. However, if you are employed to be working on a farm and you suffer an injury or illness due to the negligence of your employer, they could be held liable for the harm you have suffered.
This is because all employers have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety while you are undertaking occupational activities. This means that they must provide a safe working environment and actively take reasonable measures to reduce any risk to your health or safety, for example, by providing personal protective equipment or relevant training.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe that your employer could be liable for your accident at work, and you want to seek further advice, Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience assisting victims of work-related injury and illness.
No matter the nature of your claim, we can assess your case and advise you of whether or not you have a case to claim personal injury compensation. Call us today on our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500. The call is completely free and there’s no pressure to pursue your claim at any point during the call.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown