The dangers of working with farm machinery may not immediately be apparent. However, if you work on a farm you may already be aware of some of them – if not all of them. Your employer has a duty to take care of you when you are working for them, and that means making sure you are not at risk of any of the following dangers.
- A lack of training. Those using the farm machinery should be trained in how to do so safely, so as to reduce the chances of an injury.
- A lack of maintenance. Just as cars must be maintained in order to remain safe to drive, so the same applies to farm machinery. If this doesn’t happen, it constitutes one of the main dangers of working with farm machinery.
- Not cutting the power prior to clearing a blockage. It may seem easier and quicker to keep things running, but it increases the chances of an accident happening – and possibly a serious one.
- Choosing the wrong type of farm machinery for the job at hand. This is a less obvious danger, but it can occur. It may be more tempting to use one piece of machinery you are already near to, instead of opting for the proper machinery for the task.
- A lack of safety guards. All farm machinery should have appropriate safety guards in place to prevent potential injuries and accidents from occurring. The employer must ensure this is the case, and to take any piece of machinery out of use if any guard or guards are missing, so they can be replaced.
Are you nursing injuries caused by farm machinery?
Perhaps someone else was responsible for your accident occurring. If you think this is the case, you should call the team at Accident Advice Helpline now. Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500, and one phone call could be all it takes to begin the process of making a no win, no fee claim. One of our professional injury compensation lawyers could be in a position to help you make such a claim, and you can find out today whether this might be the case. Call within three years of your accident occurring, and you can begin a claim if you have enough appropriate evidence to back it up.
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead