If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own in an accident at work in Moray, Scotland, and you work on a farm, the chances are your injury is a significant one, because farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in terms of health and safety, and in fact has a higher fatality rate than any other industry sector in the UK.
Outdoor occupations are the most hazardous from a health and safety point of view
It’s seems rather at odds with the conception most people have about the health benefits of working outdoors. In actual fact, two of the most common outdoor occupations, that of the farmer/farmhand, and that of a construction worker, are both rated in the top three of the most hazardous occupations.
Of course, in both instances it has nothing to do with the fact that most of the work is carried out outdoors; it’s about the nature of the work and the dangerous equipment that is often used.
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
The farming industry comes under Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in terms of economic sector categorisation, and although it employers less than 1.5% of the working population, as an economic sector in its own right it accounts for between 15% and 20% of all fatalities. However, in reality, farming, (which accounts for the highest mortality rate of all), takes the lion’s share; much more so than forestry or fisheries.
The worrying factor is that only 25% of non-fatal injuries get recorded under the RIDDOR system. Also, when it comes to the self employment sector, (this includes the migrant farm workforce), it’s even worse, as only 5% of non-fatal accidents get reported!
Reporting an injury through an accident at work in Moray
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work in Moray on one of the many farms in the area, and someone else is to blame, you are morally and legally entitled to put in a claim for compensation. Don’t become another statistic.
Many farming injuries are of a serious nature, due to the dangerous equipment that ny farmers and farmhands work with. If your injury prevents you from working (whether on a temporary or permanent basis), loss of earnings can be included in the compensation you will be awarded.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping farmers and farm labourers to obtain appropriate financial compensation for injuries they suffered through no fault of their own for nearly 14 years.
We’ve amassed considerable experience and expertise and can bring this to bear to help you to win your claim.
To get an idea of how much compensation you might be due, visit our website and use the calculator to get a basic estimate. This will only take 30 seconds of your time.
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To find out more about Accident Advice Helpline and their no win no fee services (as recommended by Esther Rantzen) call our free 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0992 from any mobile.
Date Published: 14th May 2014