Unfortunately, farms historically have a very poor record when it comes to health and safety, and whilst only 1.7% of the UK’s workforce are employed in the agricultural industry, accidents in the industry account for 16% of all fatalities. It’s not just farm staff who can suffer farm machinery injuries – members of the public and even children could also be injured by faulty machinery.
When you consider how much dangerous machinery is used in the agricultural industry, it’s easy to see how farm machinery injuries could occur. Accidents could be caused by farm workers injuring themselves on machine blades, or by having their limbs pulled into heavy machinery, and mechanical failure, or negligence, could be to blame.
Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe whilst at work – this includes regularly checking and maintaining machinery, ensuring that the appropriate guards are in place and that personal protective equipment is provided and worn (PPE) if necessary and that staff have been properly trained in the use of farm equipment. If you have been injured and you feel that your employer has been negligent, you could claim personal injury compensation.
Is there evidence of employer negligence?
Working out whether or not your employer has been negligent is something that is perhaps best left to a professional personal injury lawyer. Here are a few examples of what could constitute employer negligence:
- You reported faulty machinery to your employer and they did not repair it, leading to an accident
- Staff have not been trained in the use of farm machinery, which caused an accident
- Your employer has not provided you with PPE
- Machinery is not regularly checked and maintained and this led to an accident
- Staff regularly work extra hours and are over-tired when operating dangerous farmyard equipment
If any of the above apply and are the cause of your accident, you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Get in touch today
There’s no point sitting around and waiting for the compensation to come to you – act now and get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today, to find out whether you are eligible to claim (we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds). We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and the good news is that most claims can be processed in full over the phone, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court. In fact, you could find out right now how much you could claim for your farmyard machinery accident by heading for our website and taking the 30-second test. Or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get the ball rolling on your claim.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown