Did you know farms can be potentially very dangerous places? There are numerous hazards that could crop up on a farm, and any one of them could lead to injuries for someone working on the farm or someone visiting for some reason.
Thankfully, there are numerous ways for preventing farm injuries. Clearly, prevention is far better than trying to deal with accidents when they happen. The first step is to conduct a thorough risk assessment of everything that is done on the farm. Risk assessments can identify all the potential hazards in a particular area, and measures can then be taken to reduce those risks.
Is preventing farm injuries easy?
A lot of common sense is certainly involved in tackling this task. For example, the risk assessment process enables the employer to focus on where the potential dangers lie. Are there some areas that might be more dangerous than others? Working machinery, animals and even weather conditions can all change how jobs are done and indicate how safe they are.
Many injuries on farms in the past have proven fatal or at least very serious in nature. Lost limbs in machinery and lost lives in falls and attacks by animals have all happened. While the injury levels are low compared to the number of people working in this industry, it is still necessary to make sure everything that can be done is being done to keep workers safe.
Taking the right action when someone is injured
If you have been hurt on a farm, you will already know how important it is to take the right actions whenever someone is hurt. You may be wondering whether your injury could have been avoided, and whether someone was negligent in allowing it to occur in the first place.
If you would like some answers to these questions, make sure you can contact Accident Advice Helpline now. Our number is always free to call on 0800 689 0500, and when you get in touch you can speak with a friendly advisor. If they think there is a good chance to make a successful claim, they’ll match you with one of our lawyers. Let us take the strain and work out whether a claim may be a good move for you. You’re not under any obligation to continue if you don’t want to, so call now for more details.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead