During last weeks’ farm safety week the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures published showed a decrease in the number of fatal accidents in agriculture.
The figures showed a decrease in the past 5 years with 29 fatal injuries in 2012/13 versus the average over the previous 5 years of 36. But it also seems an almost 50% decrease in fatal injuries to works in 2012/13 of 29 versus 1981 where the figure was 54.
This may not sound like a large volume of people but the farming industry represents approximately 1.8% of the UK workforce but accounts for around 19% of the total number of fatal injuries.
Despite the decrease in fatal injuries, agriculture still remains the industry with the highest rate of fatal accidents with almost half (41%) of agriculture injuries happening to farmers, with another 17% to farm workers.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) recognised though that there is still plenty of work to do to improve the UK’s farming safety record.
Guy Smith, NFU’s Vice President said: “While any drop in the statistics is welcome news, we must not forget that every number represents many shattered lives. The NFU is actively working to help raise awareness of health and safety across the industry.”
The most common (and one of the most costly farm injuries) are accidents involving machinery with claims in 2013 costing over £19 million. Whilst livestock related injuries and fatalities cost over £2.5 million, with 87% of livestock-related injuries being caused by cattle. The total annual cost of injuries in agricultural jobs is estimated at £190 million.
Farming is an industry filled with hazard and the potentially dangerous machinery, vehicles, livestock and chemicals can pose a threat.
Making a claim if you’re injured at work
Whether or not you’re in the farming trade, injuries at work are sadly common. It may be a small trip or fall or something bigger. If you’re injured at work through no fault of your own then call Accident Advice Helpline.
Whether you had to take time off work, or have a re-occurring medical issue the experts at Accident Advice Helpline could help you get the compensation you deserve.
How much you receive will depend on the type and severity of the injury alongside other factors.