Much of the beautiful Surrey countryside is claimed by the farming community, and it’s from here that many of the Surrey claims for personal injuries emanate. Farming is the most dangerous occupation in terms of workplace injuries. Any injuries incurred are usually severe, and sometimes even fatal. This is partly because of the physical nature of the work, partly because of the dangerous equipment in use, and partly because farmers are self-employed and thus responsible for their own health and safety.
Farming industry accident statistics
Although the working population within the farming industry employs less than 1% of the national working population, it is responsible for between 15% and 20% of the total number of fatalities across the various different industries.
In the non-fatal injury category, it is estimated that only approximately 25% of injuries are correctly reported through the RIDDOR process. This is partly due to the fact that many farmers and farm workers are self-employed, and the self-regulation of health and safety leaves much to be desired.
Typical hazards of the agricultural and farming industry
The hazards those who work within the farming industry face on a daily basis include:
- Working with dangerous machinery;
- Working with dangerous vehicles;
- Working with potentially dangerous chemicals;
- Working at heights;
- Entering silos;
- Danger from noise injury;
- Danger from respiratory illness;
- Risk of musculoskeletal disorders;
- Risk of repetitive strain injury; and
- Zoonotic infections.
Despite recent drives to increase the awareness of health and safety within the industry, approximately one farmer or farm worker loses his or her life every day.
Factors that qualify Surrey claims for compensation in the farming industry
Many farmers only have themselves to blame for injuries they sustain. Under these circumstances, it’s not normally possible to obtain financial compensation. Farm workers, however, usually take instruction from farmers; where these instructions put them at risk and cause injury, it may be possible to launch Surrey claims for compensation if:
- The nature of the injury is relatively substantial;
- Medical proof of the nature and severity of the injury is available;
- The incident or injury occurred within the last three years; and
- The blame for the injury lies with someone other than the injury victim.
Using Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator
By visiting the Accident Advice Helpline website, an injury victim can find out how much compensation they could be awarded. It’s simply a case of locating our compensation calculator and answering four simple questions, which takes only 30 seconds.
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