Tractors are without a doubt one of the most dangerous machines found on a farm. With the average tractor weighing up to 30 tonnes, it’s vital that these vehicles are operated only by those who are licensed to do so. Riding a tractor isn’t the same as driving a smart car – these machines are heavy, cumbersome and prone to rolling over. Being trapped inside a tractor when it rolls over could cause serious injury or death, particularly if a rollover cage has not been fitted.
Farm tractor accidents are responsible for hundreds of deaths each year in the UK and many more people are left suffering serious injury such as the loss of a limb. If you feel your employer could have done more to prevent an accident from occurring at your work, you may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation for your pain and suffering.
What do we mean when we talk about your employer’s responsibilities? Well, farm tractor accidents can have serious consequences, so it’s important that your employer ensures:
- Only qualified, trained individuals should operate a tractor
- Relevant training courses should be offered to employees
- Tractors should be regularly checked and properly maintained
It’s also your duty to take some responsibility for your own safety:
- Stay away from moving parts
- Ensure you are wearing suitable footwear (safety boots with a good grip) and clothing
- Read the instruction manual
- Carry out pre-start safety checks of machinery
- Plan how your work will be carried out
You deserve compensation
The safe stop system should be used before you leave the tractor seat, or when anyone else is near the vehicle:
- Ensure the handbrake is fully applied
- Make sure all controls and equipment are left safe
- Stop the engine and remove the key
This prevents accidents from occurring such as the tractor lurching forward in gear whilst nobody is in control of it. With 15 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, we’re here to help you claim personal injury compensation if your employer or another worker has been negligent, leading to your accident.
Your pain, suffering and loss of earnings are serious matters and we treat each customer as an individual. If somebody else is to blame for your accident, you can trust Accident Advice Helpline to get you the compensation you deserve. Why not call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you’re eligible to make a claim?
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown