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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Solicitors in Leek

    Solicitors in Leek

    Solicitors in Leek may often be sought out by local farmers and farm workers to help them to raise claims for injuries they’ve sustained on the farm, through no fault of their own.

    The local centre of farming

    Leek has been associated with farming over the centuries. Today it’s the centre of farming in the area around and about the northeast of Stoke on Trent, and holds its cattle market every Tuesday next to the railway station. Every fortnight the local poultry market is hosted here too.

    Fall from height injuries on farms – an area solicitors in Leek may often be sought ought to help with

    The agriculture industry, or to give it its full name the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry, is the riskiest of economic sectors to work within. But it’s predominantly farming which is responsible for the high rate of fatal and serious accidents and injuries, and within farming, it’s the fall from height accident which claims the second highest rate of annual fatalities; the highest rate being accidents involving moving or overturned vehicles.

    On average, 8 farmers or farm-workers are killed every year in a fall from height accident. The serious injury rate is of course even higher. It explains why solicitors in Leek may so often be sought out to help with farming accident injuries.

    The circumstances surrounding falls from height on the farm include the following:

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    • Rooftop working
    • Traversing across fragile roofs
    • Working on rooftops made from glass
    • Working at height in order to get access to high farm vehicles
    • Climbing on bales of hay
    • Loading, and stacking trailers
    • Working off high platforms and forklift trucks
    • Working from scaffolding.
    • Working from ladders

    Most fall from height accidents are preventable

    The sad thing is that most fall from height accidents are preventable. It’s not only falls from height however. The other major cause of farm accidents that cause fatalities and serious injuries – incidents involving moving and overturning farm vehicles – can be prevented too. It’s all about thinking the job through properly before the task is undertaken. It’s about thinking safety.

    Assessing risk

    In other industries, employers have taken on board the protocol of carrying out risk assessments for every operation their employees carry out. If farmers were to carry out more frequent risk assessments themselves, some of these nasty accidents could be avoided. The culture needs to change.

    The significance of blame

    Many farming accidents are unfortunately deemed as being the fault of the farmer, either through ignorance, negligence, or recklessness. These types of accidents would not normally qualify for compensation; in order to do so, the blame for accidents and injuries must be attributable to a third party.

    How Accident Advice Helpline can help

    Accident Advice Helpline has been helping farmers and farm workers nationwide to claim compensation they sustained through no fault of their own for over 13 years. We provide:

    • No win, no fee claims
    • Our 30-second online HOW MUCH calculator
    • Great customer support
    • Recommended by Esther Rantzen
    • Free 24-hour helpline (0800 689 0500 from landlines – 0333 500 0993 from mobiles)

    Date Published: 10th April 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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