Each year in the agricultural, forestry and fishing sector approximately 4% of workers sustain a work-related injury, whilst a further 4% are believed to be suffering from a work-related illness. The agricultural, forestry and fishing industries can be extremely dangerous.
Industries included in the agricultural, forestry, fishing and skilled agricultural sectors include:
- crop production
- production of animal products
- horticultural trades
- gardeners & groundsmen
Common accident circumstances
Common accidents for workers in this industry include: farm machinery accidents, chainsaw accidents, crushing accidents, electrocution, falling from a height, injuries caused by animals, manual handing injuries and slips, trips and falls.
Common work related illnesses and injuries
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for the most common work-related ill-health condition and on average formed approximately 60% of all the self-reported work-related cases recorded by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). 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) data
There were 33 fatalities in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector in 2014/15, broadly the same as the previous period. Fatalities occurred as a result of being struck by a vehicle, struck by an object, a fall from height, being injured by an animal or as a result of working with dangerous machinery.
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 that 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 or a loved one has suffered as a result of an injury or illness due to working within the agricultural, forestry or fishing industries then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation if that injury or illness was due to the fault of another. To discuss the possibility of bringing an agriculture, forestry or fishing industries compensation claim please call our Occupational Injury and Industrial Disease lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.