According to the Health and Safety Executive, one person has been killed almost every week in the last decade due to UK agricultural industry accidents.
Agriculture remains a hugely important and influential British industry; however, it continues to be one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work. If you’ve been involved or injured in accidents at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation.
Types of accidents in the agricultural industry
Just over one per cent of UK workers have jobs within the agriculture industry; however, it accounts for around 20 per cent of fatal work injuries. The most common types of work accident include:
- contact with moving machinery
- trampling and injuries caused by animals
- falls from height
- slips, trips and falls
- contact with overhead power lines
Injuries sustained during agricultural accidents range from minor cuts and bruising, to loss of limbs, blindness and life-threatening spinal and head injuries.
Health and safety in agriculture
Health and safety regulations are particularly pertinent in agriculture, given the hazardous nature of the job. Employers have a duty to employ the appropriate measures to ensure that workers are safe at work and to reduce the risk of work-related illness and injuries. The workplace should meet the relevant safety requirements, staff members should have suitable levels of training and any machinery and equipment should be tested on a regular basis.
If you’ve been injured at work and you believe that you were not to blame, you may be considering claiming work accident compensation. If you suffered a work accident in the last three years and you can prove that you were not culpable, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss the details of your personal injury claim with an experienced lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline has many years of experience in handling work injury compensation cases, and our law firm is endorsed by consumer rights campaigner, Dame Esther Rantzen.
Why should I claim work accident compensation?
Compensation is not handed out to anyone; it is reserved for those who have been injured through no fault of their own. If you’ve missed work, incurred medical costs or suffered reduced quality of life as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you deserve compensation. The money you receive could help with bills and living costs or rehabilitation and medical expenses.
Call us today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500 to talk through the basics of your case and to determine your eligibility to claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice