If you work on a farm, can you be certain your employer has safe farm work practices? As an employee, you have a right to expect to be able to work in safety at all times. Farms can be filled with potentially dangerous elements, including sloping sites, machinery and animals among other things.
This is why it is so important for the employer to be fully aware of all the dangers that may exist on their farm. If an employee or visitor is harmed or killed as the result of an accident on the farm, the employer may be held responsible, depending on the circumstances of what happened.
How common are serious farm accidents?
Thankfully, safe farm work practices in place on the vast majority of farms mean most workers remain safe throughout their working careers. However, there are instances where a lack of safety has led to accidents. These can indeed be serious since many different elements are involved. Deadly gases can form in slurry, while machinery often has sharp blades that can easily take off a limb if the power is not isolated prior to tackling a blockage of some kind.
While most instances like this can be avoided by taking simple preventative measures, there are times when this is not the case. If an employer neglects their duties under health and safety laws, the injured employee has a right to consider whether a compensation claim might be payable.
How can you find out whether a claim might work for you?
You will of course know the circumstances of your accident on a farm, but it is still very important to seek expert advice from those in the legal profession. This is something Accident Advice Helpline knows only too well, and there is a real opportunity here to ensure you get the advice you really need. If your injury happened in the past three years, you still have time to see whether a claim could be made.
You only have to call our free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 to get started. Alternatively, we have set up a 30-second online test on our website that is easy enough to use. You could have some decisive information within moments of getting in touch with us, whichever method you initially use. Compensation could indeed potentially be in your future, so don’t hesitate to ask us for no-obligation advice.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead