If somebody asked you to name the most hazardous workplaces, you may be thinking of extreme environments, or great heights, but statistics show that farms are actually among the most dangerous places of work. Farming accidents account for between 15 and 20 per cent of fatal work accidents according to the Health and Safety Executive, which is very high considering that the industry only employs 1.5 per cent of workers in the UK. Accidents at work are serious business and if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may wish to think about claiming compensation.
In 2011/2012, more than 1.1 million people suffered a work-related injury and the rate of cases among farm workers was double the all-industries average. Farming also has a high mortality rate, with an average of 43 deaths per year, equating to one loss almost every week.
The nature of the work involved in farming subjects workers to risks, from unpredictable livestock and exposure to chemicals, to heavy lifting, exposure to dust, and operating powerful machinery, there are hazards around every corner and this is why health and safety guidelines are so important.
Work-related injuries on the farm
Farm workers have an increased risk of a number of health problems, from fractured bones and back pain caused by falls and heavy lifting, to respiratory problems associated with exposure to dust and hay.
Farmer’s lung is a respiratory illness, which is so-called because it is found most commonly in farm workers who have experienced exposure to dust. This condition is caused by mouldy hay, straw or grain; it contributes to breathing difficulties and experiencing shortness of breath, and is also associated with feeling under the weather. The medical name for farmer’s lung is extrinsic allergic alveolitis.
Farmer’s lung can potentially be very serious and it may result in complications, which can be fatal; it is therefore important that it is treated and managed effectively.
Work-related illness claims with regards to exposure to dust
If you suffer from a work-related illness, such as farmer’s lung, you may be eligible to claim work injury compensation. Compensation can help to reduce financial pressures, which may have increased if you have been unable to work, and it can also help to ease the burden of future debts if you are unable to work again as a result of your illness.
Accident Advice helpline employs a dedicated team of personal injury specialists who can help you to make a successful work accident claim. The firm has over a decade of experience in handling personal injury claims, road accident claims and travel accident compensation, and they do all the hard work for you.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Farming accident claims