Did you know farms are among the more dangerous workplaces anyone could work in? While most of them are very safe indeed, owing to the diligence of farmers in putting in place health and safety procedures, some do fall below the standards that are required in this sense. The consequences of poor farm safety practices can be seen in the figures that highlight all deaths and injuries that occur in this industry each year.
While the number of deaths and injuries are still very small compared to the number of people working in this industry, they are still among the highest seen in every industry in the UK today. This highlights just how important it is for people to put in practice the very best safety measures they possibly can.
Examples of what might happen on a farm
There are plenty of potential dangers that can crop up on any farm. For example, every farm has farm machinery, including tractors, combine harvesters and other machinery as well. Every single one of these must be regularly checked and maintained, otherwise it could be more prone to developing faults that might end up hurting someone.
Other dangers might include animals and livestock – bulls in particular – and uneven ground. If someone drives a tractor across uneven ground, it may have an increased chance of tipping over and causing a problem for anyone nearby – not to mention the driver himself.
The risks associated with farming
While most farmers and other farm workers go through every day without incident, there are times when people can be injured because of the consequences of poor farm safety practices. When this happens, there is a chance that the injuries could be severe. Lost limbs, severe burns and even rapid death can all occur.
If you have lost a loved one in a farming accident, or you have been involved in one yourself you believe was someone else’s fault, it is a good idea to get some appropriate legal advice as soon as you can. By doing so, you can find out whether you have cause to make a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with the no-obligation advice you need today, and all you need to do initially is to call 0800 689 0500. Once you do that, you will have a better idea of whether a claim might succeed.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead