If you have been injured at your job in the forestry industry, you might be entitled to make a forestry accident claim. Accident Advice Helpline is the right place to start this compensation claim.
The UK’s forestry industry
According to the forestry commission, the timber industry in the United Kingdom contributes an estimated £7 billion annually to the country’s GDP. Approximately 167,000 people are directly employed in forestry work. These are occupations relating to the growing, harvesting and then processing of trees. The nature of this work is largely high-risk and forestry accidents do occur despite the best efforts to ensure safety in the industry.
Working in the forestry industry can be hazardous. The fatality rate amongst workers in this field is on average three times higher than that of the construction industry; however, it is not only fatalities that are concerning to someone working in this profession. Injuries and occupational illnesses are also something to consider.
Accidents in the forestry industry
Injuries can be caused by something as simple as waterlogged sites, which can create slip and trip hazards; however, there are also times when a series of events can lead to an unlikely accident, as in the case of a recent mishap where a contractor lost two fingertips when they got caught under a choker and winch rope. Whatever the injury, if it occurred while at work and it was not your fault then you may be entitled to a make a forestry accident claim.
Occupational illnesses in the forestry industry
The most common occupational illnesses that occur from working in the forestry industry are:
- Vibration-related disorders (vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome).
- Musculoskeletal disorders, which can be caused by lifting heavy items or repetitive movements.
- Hearing loss caused by loud noise in the working environment.
- Exposure to pesticides.
How do I know if I qualify for a forestry accident claim?
For the most accurate claim advice, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 180 4123. We offer a free legal helpline, which is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Our experienced staff will be able to offer advice based on your unique situation and guide you through the claims process.
If you want an idea of what compensation you might be entitled to, you can also try our quick test at the top of the page. It only takes 30 seconds to find out how much your forestry accident claim could be worth.
What will it cost me?
Accident Advice Helpline has a panel of specialist solicitors expertly equipped to handle forestry accident claims. You will not be asked to put down any money to start your claim, as our solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. This means if you don’t win, you don’t pay.
Call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to us about starting your compensation claim for your forestry accident now. You have nothing to lose.