A combine harvester operative is a vital role within Britain’s agricultural economy. However, the operatives of such heavy machinery are often placed at great risk of having an accident at work. Here, Accident Advice Helpline uncovers some of the potential accident claims for combine harvester operatives.
What are the typical accident claims for combine harvester operatives?
Operating a combine harvester is most certainly a dangerous task. Combine harvester operatives are exposed to the following risks:
- Electrocution from overhead power cables
- Being pulled into the cutting mechanism
- Contacting the knife, reel or stripper motor
- Being injured by the drive mechanisms or being trapped when the automatic sensors operate
- Becoming entangled with the leveling or discharge augers in the grain tank
- Contacting the straw chopper or spreader mechanism at the rear
- Being run over
- Being trapped under the header or injured by the header falling apart from the transport trailer
- Falling from the combine during routine maintenance or cleaning
- Excessive levels of noise created by the combine
How can I avoid the above mentioned accidents when operating a combine harvester?
You can avoid the above accidents and chances of a work-related injury by observing correct safety procedure. When performing any maintenance on the combine you should always:
- Ensure that the combine is switched off with the handbrake on and the controls in neutral with the key removed from the ignition.
- Check all guards are in the correct position before operating the combine.
- Never carry passengers on the combine unless seated in a proprietary passenger seat.
- Make sure all mirrors are kept clean and well adjusted.
- Sound the horn when reversing to alert others as combines are bulky vehicles and vision to the rear is extremely poor thus it is vital that you warn others who may be behind the vehicle before making any manoeuvres.
- Create safe travel routes to and from the field to ensure minimum safety height is observed to avoid any contact with overhead power lines.
Remember, if you’ve suffered an injury during the course of operation of a combine harvester within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault then you may be able to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and a friendly, professional adviser is just waiting to take your call.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown