Farm work may not seem that dangerous but you might be surprised at the potential hazards that are present on farms. While the majority of farms adhere to all kinds of health and safety rules, it is tempting sometimes for some workers to flout rules and to consider taking a short cut to get a job done.
The Health and Safety Executive has released figures that show farming is the most dangerous industry anyone could work in. This shows how important it is to ensure farmers and farmhands do all they can to identify potential hazards so they can stay safe.
Among the potential dangers of farm work that exist are the chance of sustaining musculoskeletal injuries while lifting or performing other repetitive tasks. Farm machinery can be potentially dangerous if someone operates it without proper knowledge of how to do so. If repairs are to be undertaken the machinery should be switched off and isolated to minimise the chance of injuries. Other dangers include fumes from silos and exposure to chemicals such as pesticides. Working at height might also present a potential danger at some points.
How serious could farming injuries be?
Every year several hundred major injuries are reported to the Health and Safety Executive. In addition several people have died each year as a result of farming accidents. On the whole there are 78.5 injuries reported for every 100,000 workers across all workplaces in the UK. However this figure rises to a whopping 239.4 major injuries when calculated for farming alone. Clearly there is the potential for serious injuries to arise on farms if the proper care is not taken. The HSE encourages all farmers and farmhands to make sure they take the appropriate steps to further ensure their safety at all times.
Seek no-obligation advice if you believe you have the chance to claim compensation
There must be evidence of negligence available to support any claim for compensation following a farming accident. To find out whether you have a case that should be answered, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. This is a free enquiry line that is open 24/7, so make good use of it. We have already assisted many others in working with one of our professional injury compensation lawyers who took on their case. Let us help you as well. In doing so we may be able to set you on the road to a claim.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown