Farm working poses many risks to its employees. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) accidents at work within the agricultural sector are double that of the all-industries rate at 242.1 major injuries per 100,000 employees.
Despite the low number of the employed population working within the agricultural sector – just 1.5 per cent – the industry is responsible for almost 20 per cent of fatalities each year. Although the injury rate is notably high, the HSE state that only 25 per cent of employee incidents are reported and a meagre 5 per cent of self-employed inflictions.
Silos and slurry
Accidents on farms often include simple incidents caused by falls or falling objects, that being said, vehicles and machinery are the leading cause of harm within the sector. Silos and slurry are also a danger to farm workers, causing many accidents and 14 per cent of fatalities
Whether you are to consider issues such as the gases found in slurry or the risk surrounding falling into a silo, these dangers are apparent with myriad other hazardous risks in between. Drowning is the highest reported risk in connection with slurry and silos.
How to manage silos and slurry
To ensure minimal accidents at work caused by silos and slurry the Environmental Health Agency advises how to safely manage your farm’s slurry, including guidance from Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) Action Programme and The Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP).
Although these guidelines are designed to help the environment, compliance will ensure that slurry is not aggravated, which causes the mixture to release fatal levels of ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrogen monoxide.
While slurry can be used directly to fertilise land, it must be disposed of correctly by a registered waste removal company. While it is safe for slurry to sit in a silo for up to a year, any longer than this will also pose a risk to workers and the environment.
What to do about your agricultural-related injury
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer from an injury caused by silos, slurry, or any other farm incident, it is worth checking to see if your case is eligible for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline work with their legal team to provide victims of work-induced personal injury a ‘no win, no fee*’ service.
With over 13 years’ experience, you can be sure that Accident Advice Helpline will handle your case professionally and effectively. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice on making a claim.