Britain is not particularly well-known for its vineyards, but the one at Chilford Hall, near Linton is now well-established. You may have visited this area or been to a wedding or other function there. On the way you may have been injured in an accident that was no fault of yours and if that is the case, you could, if the accident happened within the last three years, be entitled to make an injury claim in Linton or one from anywhere else in the UK. You can claim for accidents at all public places if they were not your own fault.
Making an injury claim in Linton
You can also make an injury claim if you have been diagnosed with a work-related illness or an occupational disease within the last three years. If you can prove that any illness (food poisoning is a good example) was caused by another person’s negligence you may be able to file an injury claim in Linton or one from elsewhere in the UK.
Agriculture and illness
If you work on a farm, in a horticulture centre, or a viticulture one, you may come into contact with pesticides and other hazardous substances. Hazardous substances might come in the form of chemicals or products which contain chemicals (pesticides, for example), fumes or mist, dust, vapours, gases and so on. Products which are hazardous to health come with a warning sign on them and should always be handled with care and only when you are wearing and using, the appropriate protective gear.
You may also work in dusty environments if you work with grains and hay. Respiratory problems such as asthma and Farmer’s Lung can be contracted if you do not wear protective clothing. If you develop a work-related illness because your employer has not provided you with the appropriate gear, then you would probably be able to file an injury claim against your employer. On the other hand if you were provided with suitable clothing and equipment, but you failed to use it, you would not have grounds to file a personal injury compensation claim.
There are strict regulations and guidelines to follow if you use hazardous substances at work. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations offer control guidelines such as:
- enclosing transfer points and putting lids on bins;
- filtered air supplies to vehicles;
- dust extraction;
- fresh air blowers;
- skin protective equipment.” (COSHH)
Failure to implement these measures could be harmful to the health of those working in the agricultural sector as well as workers in other industries. If the guidelines were not followed and you developed an illness, you could have grounds to file an injury claim in Linton (for example) against your employer.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think you have grounds on which to base any personal injury claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline, now for expert legal advice. From a landline call 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile, 0333 500 0993. You can call now as the lines are always open.
Date Published: 14th October 2013
Author: David Brown