If you have been injured on a farm, sadly, you are not alone. Farming is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.
A report by the Health and Safety Executive estimated that less than 2% of workers across all occupations sustained a work-related injury. By comparison, the proportion of agricultural workers injured through their job was over 4% – in other words – more than double what might be expected in other occupations.
Such dangerous work makes it all the more important that workers are protected. Employers have a legal duty to do everything reasonably possible to ensure the health and safety of the people that work for them. If they have fallen short in these duties, they need to be held to account.
But you don’t have to be a farm worker to claim for injuries sustained on a farm:
- If you were injured visiting a farm, the owner owes you a similar duty of care to ensure your health and safety.
- If a loved one was killed through a farming accident, then it is also possible to make a claim on their behalf.
You could be entitled to compensation for the pain, suffering, and other losses, caused by farm owners who have been negligent in their duty of care.
Truth Legal, based in Harrogate but with a presence in York, London and Manchester, can help you recover the compensation you deserve. With our expertise, you can bring those responsible to account and work towards repairing the damage caused by this injustice.
Accidents occurring on a Farm
Perhaps the statistics mentioned above are unsurprising when you consider the number of potential hazards that exist on a farm. Aside from the risks that come from any manual work, the nature of agriculture means that farms can be some of the most dangerous worksites in the country.
Amongst the many hazards are:
- Vehicles and machinery
- Chemicals or hazardous materials
- Vibrating tools and constant loud noise – which could lead to occupational health conditions
- High and low places of work – leading to the possibility of falls or falling objects
- Slippery or unstable working environments – such as slurry pits or grain silos
- Dust or spores – from mouldy straw, hay or grain. Breathing in these particles can lead to a respiratory disease called Farmer’s Lung – (or allergic aveolitis).
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