Less than 1.5 per cent of workers are employed within the agricultural industry yet it is still responsible for 15 to 20 per cent of the overall number of accidents at work.
Why are there such a high number of agricultural injuries?
Despite the small number of the working population involved in farming, the sector has a high percentage of self-employed workers, as well as middle-aged and elderly farm workers.
As a basis this provides a platform of wealthy experience but perhaps little in sufficient training with modern machinery and equipment which are responsible for 32 per cent of fatalities and a high number of non-fatal farm injuries. Therefore, careless use of machinery can be extremely detrimental.
It is the very nature of the farming industry – as a sector based on tradition and family heritage, combined with physically demanding labour – that acts as the backbone to the high rate of work-related injuries on farms.
How can these problems be addressed?
As an industry saturated with self-employment it is essential that owners and employers are aware of the dangers of their work and the effects of careless use of machinery.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides a free PDF document online entitled ‘Working safely with agricultural machinery’ that tackles issues throughout the sector and discusses ‘how to work safely with mobile and stationary agricultural machinery’.
This is a fundamental piece of literature for any farm owner hoping to improve health and safety standards across their farm.
Can I claim for my agricultural-related injury despite careless use of machinery?
Just like any other work-induced injury, you can only claim for any harm you have suffered at the fault of someone else. Whether you are an employee of the farm and have sustained an injury directly or indirectly because of another member of your team, or you are a member of the general public who has been hurt on a farm, there is a good chance you will be able to claim compensation.
To check if your case is eligible, take a look online at Accident Advice Helpline’s website. With the 30-second test tool and a 24/7 helpline, your claim can be considered at your convenience with no obligation to progress your claim following your call.
Should you decide to go ahead Accident Advice Helpline will liaise with their legal team to place your case in the hands of a suitable, experienced solicitor.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Farming accident claims