Farming is one of the oldest industries, but it is also one of the most hazardous. Injuries and illnesses are relatively common among farm workers due to the nature of the work and exposure to potentially dangerous machinery and environments.
Types of work accident on the farm
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that farms are one of the most dangerous workplaces, with a high number of workplace accidents and fatalities occurring on farms every year. The most common types of accident on the farm include:
- falling from height
- being struck by a falling object
- injury caused by heavy machinery
- vibration-related injury
- pain associated with manual labour and lifting
- injury caused by livestock
- deafness and tinnitus caused by exposure to loud noises
- injury caused by operating machinery
One common problem among farm workers is injury caused by prolonged use of vibrating tools, known as a vibration-related injury. Operating heavy machinery and equipment, such as chainsaws, drills and brush cutters, can lead to issues such as hand-arm vibration syndrome (also known as HAVS). Hand-arm vibration syndrome is commonly seen in people who have been using vibrating tools for over ten years; it used to be known as vibrating white finger.
Symptoms of hand-arm vibration syndrome include numbness or tingling in the fingers, which may make day to day tasks, such as doing up buttons, more difficult; white fingers, which may eventually turn blue; and aches and pains in the muscles.
Can I make a claim for a work-related injury?
If you suffered a work accident or you experienced injuries as a result of an isolated incident at work or working in a specific environment, you may be eligible for compensation. You must be able to prove that the accident was not your fault and the accident or illness must have occurred within the last three years.
If you think you may have a case for work injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today. The firm employs experts in personal injury claims and aims to eradicate stress from the process of claiming work accident compensation.
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Date Published: November 25, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Farming accident claims