According to the HSE, one agricultural worker is killed every week as a result of their occupation, with many more suffering serious injury or illness. This makes agriculture, forestry and fishing the riskiest industry sector.
Farming is a physically demanding life that has always been hazardous. Agricultural machinery, toxic chemicals, unpredictable livestock, and dangerous pits and silos all present significant risks that are absent in most other occupations. Farm workers are also exposed to the elements (extreme heat and cold, high humidity and over exposure to the sun) which can make their work even more dangerous.
The most common causes of serious farm accidents are:
- workers being hit by vehicles;
- farm machinery accidents;
- injuries caused by falling objects;
- asphyxiation, electrocution and drowning;
- falling from height;
- slips and trips; and
- injuries caused by animals
The risk of serious illness is also prevalent on a farm. Illness can arise through contact with toxic chemicals, breathing in dust, and exposure to noise and vibration. Farm workers are twice as likely to suffer from asthma and 20,000 people in agriculture are affected by diseases passed from animals every year.
When injury or illness occurs farm workers and their families can suffer tremendous financial hardship, yet not all of them claim the compensation they are entitled to.
As specialist farm accident solicitors we are able to help you. We work on a no win, no fee basis which means that you do not need to allow money worries put you off seeking justice.