Alyth is a small village in Perth and Kinross in Scotland which is apparently on the site of an area where old drover’s roads met. Drover’s roads were used in the past by farmers to transport their livestock to market. This practice obviously died out with the arrival of motorised engines, and these days livestock are transported in huge livestock lorries.
Handling livestock on and off the roads presents several risks to the workers and the general public. If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault involving livestock, then you may be able to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline and an accident solicitor in Alyth will handle your livestock case professionally and sensitively.
Livestock handling risks
There is always a risk of injury when handling livestock, especially larger livestock such as cattle. The risks include:
- Crushing (getting trapped between the animal and a fixed structure such as a gate);
- Kicking (particularly dangerous if kicked in the head);
- Butting (when the animal lowers its head and charges towards you); and
- Goring (piercing with a horn).
Some agricultural work carries a higher risk than others. Cattle are more dangerous if they have not been handled frequently, as they are stressed by the presence of humans. Cattle that have just had calves are also more dangerous, as they are protecting their offspring.
The risks from handling cattle should never be underestimated but there are ways of considerably reducing the risks.
Reducing livestock handling risks
Employers should assess whether an employee is the correct one to be handling cattle in order to avoid a case with an accident solicitor in Alyth arising. This is done by considering:
- Their ability to use the handling equipment properly;
- If they fully appreciate the risks involved – if this is not the case, then they require close supervision by someone who does;
- If they are able to remain calm around cattle and avoid using unnecessary force and loud noises (including shouting);
- Is in good health; and
- Is trained in livestock handling techniques.
Cases with an accident solicitor in Alyth are also avoided by the proper use of handling equipment. A specially designed race or crush is needed and the equipment must be well maintained and in good working order. All employees who are required to use it must be trained to do so safely. The condition of the floor and the lighting around the equipment is also important.
Making a claim with an accident solicitor in Alyth
If you have been injured in a livestock handling accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to make a claim. The accident may have been someone else’s fault because you were not adequately trained or were not supplied with the correct equipment. Maybe you were not supervised correctly. Accident Advice Helpline have specialist personal injury lawyers who can help with this sort of claim. They will guide you through all of the legal aspects and will deal with everything by phone.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 in order to make your compensation claim.
Date Published: 5th July 2013
Author: Sharon Parry