If you work on a farm, or own a farm, you will be well aware of the dangers you could encounter. It’s your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe from harm, and this includes providing you with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to enable you to carry out your duties safely and proper training.
What are the dangers of agricultural work?
There are many dangers related to agricultural work – here are some dangers which farm workers may be exposed to:
- Livestock injuries
- Hernia or other injuries caused by heavy lifting
- Slips, trips and falls
- Injury when using machinery or vehicles
- Skin disorders
- Heat exhaustion or extreme cold
- Hearing loss – power tools, tractors and blowers are all noisy pieces of equipment and employers should provide their staff with PPE
- Illness or injury caused from working with pesticides or other hazardous chemicals
- Pregnant women could be at risk of passing diseases to their unborn baby during lambing season
As you can see, there are many risks which farm workers face every day. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure proper training is provided, equipment is well maintained and fit for purpose and that personal protective equipment is supplied and worn by all staff. This greatly helps to reduce the number of accidents which occur.
Claiming for compensation
If you work on a farm and are injured due to somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation. You’ll usually need to prove that your accident and subsequent injury was a direct result of employer negligence – this can sometimes be difficult to prove, but here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 13 years’ experience helping people in your situation with personal injury compensation claims.
Our patron is Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, and we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), so you can trust us to offer professional, confidential advice.
Call our freephone helpline to see whether you are eligible to make an employer negligence claim – we’re open 24/7 and happy to offer advice with no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you do decide to proceed, our 100% no-win, no–fee service ensures you keep as much money as possible should your claim be successful.
Because we are personal injury compensation specialists, we have years of experience dealing with livestock injury and agricultural injury claims, so you know you’re dealing with a company you can trust.
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown