In rural and even semi-rural areas of the UK farming and allied agricultural industries still offer employment to a large number of workers. However, according to statistics compiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this employment sector is the most dangerous to work in.
Plus, agricultural and farm workers are more likely than those in any other sector to suffer minor work injuries and work-related ill health.
When an employee has suffered a personal injury in a workplace accident, which was not his or her fault, and the incident could and should have been prevented, they may be able to make a farm accident claim for compensation.
In its report entitled “Good Health and Safety, Good for Everyone”, the Government identified agriculture as an area which warranted concern. Yet, it did not deem it necessary to instigate “proactive inspections” of farms and allied agricultural workplaces as, it was stated, it would be a bureaucratic burden. The UK’s largest union UNITE found this “completely unacceptable”.
In 2012, UNITE called upon the Government to introduce “roving safety representatives” in a bid to help reduce the numbers of workers suffering personal injury in the farming and agricultural sectors.
According to the HSE, in 2010/11 the fatality rate for farm workers was eight per 100,000 workers – 34 deaths occurred in that 12 month period on farms.
The risk of suffering a fatal accident for farm workers is four times greater than for construction workers, which is generally recognised as being a very dangerous industry.
Agricultural workers also suffer the most amputation injuries, fractures and burns.
The major-injury rate for agricultural workers is 242.1 per 100,000 employees, which represents more than twice the average rate of 101.5 per 100,000 in all other industries.
Most worryingly though, is the fact that the HSE believes only 25 per cent of illness and injury among farm workers is reported.
If you have been injured while working on a farm or in an agricultural industry and you believe that the accident should have been prevented, the personal injury solicitors at George Ide could help you make a claim for compensation.
Our dedicated team, based in Chichester, can advise you on the procedure involved in making a claim, and will guide you through the whole process. We will also ensure that where injuries are serious or life-altering, such as spinal, brain and amputation injuries, we will help you receive the best treatment and rehabilitation packages possible.
We also strive to offer guidance regarding matters such as on-going financial welfare, so that provision can be sought to provide for you and your family, whether by means of state benefits or through interim compensation funds.
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