As anyone who works on a farm will tell you, farms are a hazardous environment, and those working on a farm should be provided with proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE) when carrying out dangerous tasks. There are a huge variety of injuries which can occur when working on a farm; here are some of the most common farming injuries:
- Animal injuries – these could include crush injuries, bruising, broken bones, bites and transmission of infectious diseases
- Chemical injuries – poisoning, burns, respiratory illness or contact dermatitis could all occur when dealing with pesticides and other chemicals
- Electric shock from faulty machinery, switches or overhead power lines
- Machinery injuries – farm workers use a variety of machinery and any machinery with moving parts or farm vehicles such as tractors have the potential to cause injury, if not properly maintained or used incorrectly
- Deafness – machinery, livestock and guns could all affect hearing
- Weather hazards – farm staff could suffer from heat stroke, sunburn or hypothermia
- Slips, trips and falls from height could occur climbing ladders or other high places, or in wet environments
If you work on a farm, your employer is responsible for your safety – they should ensure that the working environment is as safe as possible. This includes providing staff with training when using machinery or other equipment, making sure that vehicles and farm equipment are safe to use and well maintained and allowing staff regular breaks, particularly in extremely hot or cold weather.
Compensation for farming injuries
If you’re injured at work through no fault of your own, you could be eligible to apply for compensation, and it’s no different if you’re employed on a farm. If your employer has been negligent which has directly led to you being injured, you need the services of a professional personal injury lawyer. They can guide you through the process of claiming for compensation, offering advice and support along the way.
How we can help
Most personal injury claims are settled before court proceedings commence, so if the thought of going to court is holding you back from claiming for your farm injury, don’t worry! Accident Advice Helpline is open 24/7 and it’s free to call our advice line for a confidential, no-obligation chat. Because we’ve been in the personal injury compensation industry since 2000, we can normally tell you within 30 seconds whether we think your claim is viable, and then it’s up to you whether you want to proceed – we offer a 100% no win, no fee service which will ensure you’ll keep more of your compensation if your claim is successful.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 21, 2013
Author: David Brown