An insurance company in the south-west has joined forces with Duchy College and the Health and Safety Executive to try and raise awareness of the dangers on farms. Farming is a popular industry in this part of the country. This has been the case for many decades and indeed some families have worked on the same farm throughout several generations.
The rate of injuries and deaths in farming is still concerning. Indeed this particular industry ranks ahead of many others as the most potentially dangerous one anyone could work in. In terms of fatal injuries caused in all types of workplaces across the UK, around 20% of all fatalities come from the agricultural industry. In addition farm workers suffered 292 major injuries for the year 2013/14. This is in addition to 27 fatalities. It does not include more minor injuries that are still very painful and can cause problems for those involved.
It is hoped the initiative between these three groups will help to highlight dangers on farms and how they can be mitigated in order to make the potential hazards far less dangerous than they may be at the moment. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented.
How dangerous are farms?
There are all kinds of potential dangers lurking on farms. There are animals that may potentially cause problems. Lots of different types of machinery are also used, any one of which could potentially cause an injury or fatality if the proper procedures are not adhered to. In addition to this there are other elements that could potentially lead to dangerous situations cropping up if the appropriate steps are not taken, such as bad weather for example. As you can see there is the potential for a hazard to be missed and to become dangerous as a result.
Can you claim for an accident you suffered on a farm?
If you have worked as a farm worker and you’ve suffered an injury that was someone else’s fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We may be able to assist you if the injury occurred during the past three years. Our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – is the number to call if you have evidence of negligence that could support a case for a no win, no fee* compensation claim. Find out more by getting in touch today.
Source: Cornish Mutual
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown