Simply imagining the nature of the work carried out on farms gives a good idea of the type of accidents at work that may occur. With heavy-duty machinery, large vehicles, tools and sometimes livestock on the premises, the workplace can quickly become a realm of health and safety hazards.
Farming-related injuries facts and figures
Although less than 1.5 per cent of the working population are employed within the agricultural industry, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have found the sector is responsible for almost 20 per cent of fatalities, with a ratio of 242.1 major work-related injuries per 100,000 employees, double that of any other sector.
What’s more, it is the HSE’s belief that only 25 per cent of employee injuries and a mere 5 per cent of self-employment injuries in farming are reported each annum.
Falling objects in farming
Accidents on farms caused by machinery, for example, are an obvious health and safety risk which can be reduced significantly with the correct training. There are other hazards however, which are overlooked and pose a real risk to workers.
Falling objects such as hay bales, loaded pallets and trees are a serious danger to employees in the agricultural industry. Surprisingly, incidents caused by falling objects are to blame for 16 per cent of the total fatalities in farming – the same figure as fatal accidents caused by elevated falls – as well as a high proportion of injuries.
How to claim for a work-related personal injury
If you have been a victim of an accident at work that has left you injured, you may be able to claim compensation.
As with other personal injury claims, the hurt you suffered must have been at no fault of your own, and typically occurred within the last three years.
Many people who in your shoes are unsure of whether or not their claim will be eligible, which is why compensation providers such as Accident Advice Helpline are a fantastic support following accident and injuries.
Online you will find a compensation calculator that enables Accident Advice Helpline to evaluate the basics of your case, to inform you of whether your claim is likely to be successful.
Their support team work around the clock to offer you advice, via their helpline, with absolutely no pressure to proceed with your claim.
Accident Advice helpline work on a no win no fee service for your claim.