The agricultural industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, with more fatalities than any other industry in the UK. Common hazards in the farming industry can lead to serious accidents and life-changing injuries, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have suffered an injury, whether minor or severe, you could find yourself eligible to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident.
What could go wrong on a farm?
If you’re wondering what some of the most common hazards in the farming industry are, we’re here to share them with you:
- Farm vehicles such as combine harvesters and tractors could injure drivers or other people – tractor roll-overs are a common cause of injuries
- Chemical spills/exposure – Exposure to toxic chemicals used in farming could lead to skin condition, respiratory issues or even the development of life-threatening diseases such as cancer
- Silo pits – There have been cases where people have drowned in silo pits after being overcome by fumes
- Animal injuries – You could be bitten or trampled by a farm animal
- Sun/cold exposure – Working for long hours in extreme heat or cold could cause pneumonia or heat exhaustion
- Machinery injuries – Heavy machinery or sharp tools could lead to lacerations and serious injuries such as the loss of a limb
As you can see, farms can be dangerous places, but it’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure you’re safe at work. This includes things like providing you with the training you need to do your job, ensuring machinery and equipment is safe to use and providing you with any protective equipment needed to keep you safe at work.
Will your claim for compensation be successful?
Common hazards in the farming industry may lead to minor or more serious injuries, but either way, you could make a personal injury claim if you feel your employer is at fault. We can’t guarantee that your claim will be successful, but because Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, you know we will only take your claim on if we think there’s a good chance it will be successful. You could be awarded a substantial settlement as compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings, depending on the severity of your injuries. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton