A farm can be a dangerous place, and with this comes a huge risk of farm accidents. Livestock, machinery, and frequent exposure to chemicals and dust can cause major accidents at work, which can lead to serious injuries. According to the Health and Safety Expert, agriculture was one of the biggest industries for accidents at work, with the industry having the highest rate of non-fatal injuries to workers in 2018/19.
Your employer is responsible for keeping you safe at work. On a farm, this is even more important, as there are a lot of things that can cause an injury. Your employer must make sure that the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) are met, and they do so by conducting risk assessments to ensure that everyone is kept safe. Employers must make sure that they do everything possible to avoid staff having accidents whilst at work.
If you work on a farm, and have an accident, and have to take time off work, you should get agricultural sick pay. This means that you should be paid at least the agricultural minimum wage whilst you are off. This is, however, likely to be less than your usual wage. This will be taken into consideration when you are making a claim.
If you are self-employed, you may still be able to make a claim. Farm workers are often self- employed on a contractor basis, meaning that there is still a company that they are working for. If the business you are working for fails in their duty to keep you safe, then they may be responsible for your accident.
Farm Accident Causes
There are many things that can cause accidents on a farm. Some of these include:
• Machinery– such as tractors and forklift trucks
• Dangerous livestock
• Chemicals and toxic substances
• Long-term exposure to asbestos, dust, and debris
• Noise level related accidents, and farm tools
It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you as safe as possible at work. This includes proper training, making sure equipment is safe to use.
Types of Farm Accident
Exposure to Asbestos over a long period of time is something that farm workers can be injured by. This long-term exposure to Asbestos can cause serious conditions, such as Asbestosis, Asbestos related cancers, and pleural thickening.
Farm workers are also at risk of accidents involving dangerous livestock, falling from height, falling objects or debris, manual handling injuries, machinery related injuries, and collisions with moving vehicles such as tractors.
There are also risks to farm workers when it comes to working in enclosed spaces. These include slurry pits, silos, and fuel storage tanks. Working in these spaces can cause drowning, asphyxiation, or exposure to toxic gases. Other industrial illness claims that farm workers may develop include noise-related hearing loss, respiratory diseases, certain types of cancer, and even vibration white finger.
Farm Accidents as A Visitor/guest
As well as the staff at a farm, members of the public who are visiting farms can also have accidents. The most common type of accidents that visitors to farms can have include slips, trips, and falls, and collisions with vehicles. The owners of the farm have a responsibility to keep the public safe from accidents as well as their staff.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with personal injury claims daily. This includes accidents at work, and accidents in public or private places. This means that they are well placed to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Call us today on 01614138765 to speak to our friendly helpful advisors or fill in the contact form on our website and we will call you back.