Accidents at work are not uncommon. Whatever industry you work in, incidents occur due to lack of training, unavoidable mishaps and general human error.
That considered, despite the low number of workers involved in the agricultural sector – approximately 1.5 per cent of the employed population – the industry is responsible for almost 20 per cent of workplace fatalities.
Despite the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reporting a colossal 242.1 major injuries per 100,000 employees in agriculture in 2010/11, more than double the all-industry rate of 101.5 per 100,000, it is their belief that as little as 25 per cent of employee injuries and just 5 per cent of self-employed injuries are reported to the HSE each year.
Work-related harm: The dangers of misuse of chemicals and hazardous substances
Farms are heaving with health and safety hazards. With heavy machinery, livestock and industry-specific vehicles required for everyday duties, it is unsurprising that so many agricultural incidents occur.
As well as these risks, the misuse of chemicals and hazardous substances is significant in the number of work-related injuries that occur on farms.
Many of the chemicals used on farms are hazardous and so it is important that employers comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHHE) as issued by the HSE. COSHHE includes information on how to correctly handle substances, such as correct disposal of chemicals.
Chemicals and substances used on farms, which pose risk to workers according to the HSE, include, ‘detergents, disinfectants, pesticides, fertilisers including ammonium nitrate and veterinary medicines’.
How to claim if you have been harmed
If you believe you have been a victim of an incident at work which has caused you to suffer harm, it is worth seeking further advice on your case.
Law firms such as Accident Advice Helpline have a dedicated team on hand around the clock, seven days a week, offering expert, professional advice on personal injury claims.
With an extensive legal team, Accident Advice Helpline evaluates your case on a no win no fee basis.
Coping with your injuries and dealing with the stress of your accident at work can be traumatic. Accident Advice Helpline aims to make the claims process as streamlined as possible.
Most work-related cases can be completed via telephone, sometimes with the support of a medical at your convenience, however there is usually no need for claimants to attend court.
Date Published: November 25, 2013
Author: David Brown