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    Esther Rantzen

    Top 5 dangers of working on a farm


    A farm might seem to be an innocent and enjoyable place to work. However, farming is one of the more potentially dangerous industries to work in. There are plenty of dangers of working on a farm that people may not always be aware of. We’ve highlighted the main ones here.

    Where do the dangers lurk?

    1. Working with vehicles. Any farm vehicle can pose a danger. It may roll over on sloping ground, or cause injuries if it is not properly shut off prior to being fixed in some way.
    2. Working with animals. Animals can be unpredictable and may cause injury if a farm worker is not prepared for the situation. Planning ahead can help reduce the risks.
    3. Working on uneven and slippery ground. Bad weather doesn’t stop the process of farming. However, the land may become more difficult to work with. This may lead to slips, trips and falls.
    4. Falling from height. Sometimes a farm worker may have to work at height. This could mean climbing up into a combine harvester to operate it, or accessing a roof, perhaps to make repairs, for example. If this is the case, the worker may end up being hurt if they are in a position where they could fall.
    5. Confined spaces. These may not sound dangerous, but in reality you can suffocate in a confined space – especially if fumes are present in that space. Perhaps the best example involves slurry pits. Manure from the animals is kept in the slurry pit and is eventually used on the ground as a fertiliser. However, dangerous gases can build up, and without the proper breathing equipment, it’s possible to die within minutes.

    Have you been injured due to the dangers of working on a farm?

    Being injured while working on a farm can lead to some serious injuries. It may also potentially lead to problems with continuing in that line of work, if the injuries are severe. While some have died working on farms, this is thankfully rare. However, if you have been hurt and you think you might have cause to make a compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline to learn more. Our number is 0800 689 0500, and you can make a no-obligation call now, completely free of charge. You may be entitled to seek compensation with the help of one of our lawyers.

    Date Published: April 18, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

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