We understand the dangers of working in the agricultural and farming industries. Working outdoors with vehicles, machinery and other equipment can unfortunately lead to accidents, and we believe every agricultural worker deserves expert legal advice should they be injured on the job.
Agricultural accidents over the last five years
Here’s a breakdown of the percentages of agriculture, forestry and fishing workers who have been involved in fatalities in the last five years, and their causes:
- 28% killed by vehicles such as tractors, trailers, all-terrain vehicles and telescopic handlers
- 15% killed by falling from height, due to fragile roof surfaces, faulty lifting equipment or ladders
- 7% from coming into contact with machinery such as grain dryers, hay turners and balers, harvesters and wagon feeders
- 16% by cattle and bulls
- 11% were struck by objects such as trees, branches and bales of hay
- 5% killed by coming into contact with electricity, through wiring or power lines
If you’ve sustained an injury while working in the agricultural and farming industries, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Call us now on 0808 164 0808 or see below for further information.
Which industries are included?
Industries included in the agricultural, forestry, fishing and skilled agricultural sectors are:
- crop production
- production of animal products
- horticultural trades
- gardeners & groundsmen
What are some of the common agricultural accidents?
One of the most common fishing accidents is when anglers are thrown from their boats. This can be fatal, and is normally caused by bad weather conditions, a lack of training or safety equipment, or exhaustion.
In terms of forestry accidents, the most common are both nature and equipment-related. Falling trees, logs, chainsaws and even vehicles can cause unfortunate forestry accidents and fatalities. Some other common accidents for workers in this industry include farm machinery accidents, crushing accidents, electrocution, falling from a height, injuries caused by animals, manual handing injuries and slips, trips and falls.
What are some of the common agricultural work-related illnesses and injuries?
Unfortunately, many farm-related accidents can cause illnesses and lasting injuries. According to the Health & Safety Executive, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for the most common work-related ill-health condition in the period 2019/20. There are currently over 1.6 million workers suffering from work-related ill health.
Other common work-related illnesses in the agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors include:
- farmer’s lung
- occupational asthma
- skin disease
- occupational cancer
- noise induced hearing loss (NIHL)
- repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- chemical injuries
- respiratory illness
- work related stress
Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place duties of care on companies and individuals, to make sure adequate risk assessments and provisions are made to ensure a healthy and safe working environment. Employers must ensure, so far as is reasonably practical, that the health, safety and welfare of employees is protected. If you work in the agricultural industry and you believe your employer has been negligent in this regard, having caused you to sustain an injury or illness, please get in touch as soon as possible on 0808 164 0808.
Contact us about agricultural accident claims
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an injury or illness due to a farm equipment accident, forestry accident or other agricultural accident at work, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation. To discuss the possibility of bringing a farm accident compensation claim please call our personal injury solicitors free on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back and we will call you.
In general you have three years from the date of injury or reasonable knowledge of injury to bring a compensation claim. There are some exceptions to this rule; for instance where the matter involves a child in which case the child has three years from the date of their 18th birthday to bring a claim, therefore expiring on the individual’s 21st birthday.
It is important to speak to a legal team as early as possible to avoid any issues with limitation dates.