Because there isn’t a firm of solicitors in Leckford, when local farm workers need support in raising personal injury claims following accidents or incidents in the workplace, they usually resort to using the Internet to identify a personal injury solicitor they think will be able to help them.
Only 16% of agricultural injuries get reported
Getting a handle on accurate non-fatal injury figures in farming is almost impossible on two counts. First of all, farmers have a reluctance to correctly report incidents because they fear they might be prosecuted. It’s estimated that only 16% of agricultural injuries ever get reported.
The other reason is that there is such a high number of self employed and migrant workers in the industry, who are unaware of their rights, or who simply don’t have access to information.
The culture must change
Even in a situation where technology moves forward and more sophisticated agricultural machinery is being produced; the number of machinery related injuries is not reducing. The injury culture, and the way a task is assessed before it’s undertaken needs to be changed.
Frequent causes of agricultural accidents and injuries
Two of the most frequent causes of injury remain:
- Working with machinery
- Falls from height
Last year alone there were 8 fatalities caused by falls from height, a number of which were the result of farmers walking over Perspex roof skylight panels.
In terms of tips, to help prevent fall from height accidents, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) advises:
- If using a ladder place it at a 45° angle. So, for example, with a letter measuring 6M or 20 feet, when lent against a wall, the bottom of the ladder should be at least 1.5M or 5 feet away from the wall.
- Ideally ladders should only ever be positioned on flat ground, and never on ground that has an incline of more than 16°.
- One of the prime causes of falls from height is when farmers stretch out and overreach. Therefore, if something is out of reach, the ladder should be set up again in another position that provides better, safer, access to the object that is trying to be reached.
New safety campaign to raise machinery use awareness
A new safety campaign targeting the use of machinery was instigated in October 2013. Its focus is increasing awareness of the dangers of working with machinery, and it encourages agricultural machinery dealers in simple initiatives like providing farmers with “safe stop” stickers to be apply to machinery as a reminder to engage the handbrake when stopping and getting of a machine.
With no solicitors in Leckford – why not use Accident Advice Helpline?
If you’ve been injured on the farm through no fault of your own, and you believe your employer to be to blame; as there are no solicitors in Leckford, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline for advice and guidance, We offer:
- A ‘no win, no fee’ service – as recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Use of our 30 second HOW MUCH calculator
- Free 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500 from landlines – 0300 500 0993 from mobile phones.