Accidents at work occur across all sectors. That being said, work-based claims sustained within the agricultural industry are rife, with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stating that the number of reported injuries for the sector is twice that of all other industries.
Farm work requires laborious physical work as well as the use of heavy machinery and vehicles. These two factors, combined with the problem that farming is an industry based on traditional methods of working, lead to a high number of agricultural accidents.
What type of accidents occur on farms?
As you would expect, many farm accidents occur because of the careless use of industry-specific vehicles and machinery. Poor training, such as ‘in-house’ learnt methods, are passed from worker to worker meaning that employees are not suitably educated in the management of the machinery they use.
That aside, however, there are other dangers in the agricultural industry, causing accidents at work, that are less publicised. Elevated height falls are responsible for 16 per cent of fatalities and reported farm accidents at work.
Why are elevated heights falls common for farm workers?
All types of falls are common among farm workers. Falls from a lower height are caused due to rough terrain and slippery surfaces or the incorrect mounting of vehicles, for example.
Elevated height falls often pose a greater risk to farm workers. Many of those employed by the farming industry work on a self-employed basis or for family-run farms – this type of employment typically involves labouring which is contracted out in other sectors.
Falls from roofs and trees have been noted by the HSE as typical causes of work-related injuries on farms.
How can I make a personal injury claim?
If you have been involved at an accident at work due to an elevated height fall or any other agricultural-related incident, it may be possible that you are able to claim compensation.
Whether it be due to lack of training or unsound instruction, if the injury wasn’t your fault and happened within the last three years it is likely your claim will be eligible.
More information about personal injury claims can be found on Accident Advice Helpline’s website. Their simply 30 second test doesn’t cost a penny and will inform you if your case is worth pursuing.
Working on a no win no fee basis, Accident Advice Helpline and its lawyers ensure that victims of accidents at work receive the compensation they merit.