The huge number of orchards and hop gardens in Kent often lead to it being referred to as “The Garden of England.” The name conjures up a scene of peace and rural bliss, and to some extent this is accurate. Kent is a peaceful and safe place to live and work. However, the reality of commercial orchards and hop gardens is that they are agricultural industrial premises and workplaces that present the hazards that go along with this sort of activity.
If you work in the arable (crops) agriculture industry and have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Many people choose to ring Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about this.
Risk assessments and claiming for accident expenses in Kent
Employers try to prevent agricultural compensation in Kent cases by carrying out comprehensive risk assessments. This involves sitting down and thinking through all of the work tasks that are carried out on the farm. The hazards that are presented by each task are recorded. It is a good idea to talk to the person who is actually doing the job to carry this out properly. Hazards could be:
- Slips, trips or falls;
- Manual handling;
- Equipment; and
- Electrical safety.
Once all the hazards have been identified, a comprehensive system of control measures needs to be introduced. However, this is not enough. The risk assessment needs to be continually updated and reviewed if it is going to be effective in preventing injuries.
Employers try to prevent agricultural compensation in Kent cases by making sure that workers know how to carry loads correctly, and by providing the appropriate equipment for them to do so. A basic approach to carrying out a manual handling assessment on a farm would be to ask the following questions:
- What exactly is the job?
- Is the worker capable of completing the task safely?
- What is the size and weight of the object to be moved?
- What is the working area like, e.g. slippery, dark, confined?
This forms the basis of deciding if a manual handling aid (e.g. a hoist or lift) are needed to assist with the task.
Employers try to prevent agricultural compensation in Kent cases by making sure that workers know how to store, handle and use pesticides safely. Pesticides are designed to kill unwanted organisms such as weeds and pests. This means that they are harmful to living organisms and some can therefore be potentially harmful to human beings.
The workers using the pesticides may need to be provided with personal protective equipment, such as breathing apparatus, eye goggles, masks or gloves. Suitable training must also be given in the appropriate use of the pesticide and in what to do in an emergency. If this is not done properly then accidents can occur, people can get seriously hurt and agricultural compensation in Kent cases may have to be started.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to start your claim and discuss claiming for accident expenses in Kent.
Date Published: 11th September 2013
Author: Sharon Parry