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Accidents Involving Farm Machinery
Agricultural work will usually mean that workers will be in dangerous or unsafe conditions at times, whether it be operating farm machinery and tools, or working with farm animals.
The most common reported physical workplace risk includes the ‘risk of accidents from machines or hand tools’, which are present in 80% of workplaces. It is up to your employer to ensure this equipment is above a certain standard of safety to use, and that you have had proper training to handle it.
Examples of farming or agricultural machinery/ equipment that have caused accidents for workers include:
- Automated Equipment
- Combine harvesters
- Potato harvester
- Milking machines and equipment
- Sorting machinery
Agricultural machinery is commonly used in the farming industry; if the machinery is not managed correctly it can pose many hazards for the employees who operate them. As such it is important that employers certify that everything is well maintained and safe for use.
Common causes for farm machinery accidents
- The failure to carry out a risk assessment on the farm machinery.
- No adequate warnings on the machinery or agricultural tools.
- Inadequate maintenance or inspection management.
- Incorrect or lack of training on the use of farming equipment or agricultural tools e.g. driving a tractor.
- The farming equipment is defective, dangerous or poorly maintained - Faulty equipment.
- An employer, owner, or operator removes safety devices (e.g. shields) from an agricultural piece of equipment.
- The manager does not properly train workers to use the farm/ agricultural equipment. They may also be disregarding health and safety laws in the working environment.
- The employer does not terminate the use of a broken or faulty piece of farming machinery or equipment.
Some of the most common accidents involving farming machinery include workers being injured by equipment defects, through exposed parts of the machinery. Body parts becoming trapped or crushed by dangerous moving equipment is also a common cause. Adequate guarding should therefore be employed on all machines to protect workers from sustaining such injuries.
What you should do following an accident
- Report the accident to; your employer and get it accurately recorded in the accident book if there is one. Your employer is required by law to make such a record and you may need to use this record as evidence in support of your claim.
- Seek medical attention. Depending on the seriousness on the farm injury you should always seek medical advice.
- Take photographs of any visible injuries.
- Take photographs; of the accident scene and the defect which caused your accident (e.g. the machinery).
- Take contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
- Keep any receipts for expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident (e.g. bus tickets, taxi receipts for essential journeys or receipts for prescriptions) or items that may have been damaged in the accident (e.g. clothing or jewellery).
- If you have suffered an injury at work, whether it fits into one of the above categories or not, get in touch with a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
The machinery should always be kept in good working order and should be suitable for the job it is required for. Is vital that employees are made aware of how to correctly use all farming machinery, and that they are informed of any dangers that could be present when operating such machinery. Thus the necessary training should be provided to employees where appropriate. It is also important that the employers are aware or equipped with the correct safety equipment (E.g. Gloves, Protective Glasses etc.) and it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that a full risk assessment has been carried out for every piece of machinery used by their staff.
“Farm Accident Has Disastrous Consequence For Suffolk Man”
Grieves solicitors have dealt with the case of Mr M, who suffered an injury at work whilst he worked on a chicken farm. Mr M removed the top bale of the batch he was unloading; the other bales became dislodged causing them to collapse onto his lower back causing him an injury. We fought on behalf of Mr M and subsequently he was awarded £25,000 for his pain and suffering.
Grieves solicitors have 20 years’ expertise in supporting those who have been injured at work, whether it be Farms or any other agricultural working environments. If you have sustained an injury whilst working in this sector, then you can call 0800 0747 644 for free now. Speak to one of our specialists personal injury lawyers to discuss your prospects of pursuing faulty farm machinery claims, and how you could be compensated. We are here to help.
Claiming compensation after a farm machinery accident
On the farm, hazardous conditions that may lead to farm machinery/ farm equipment accidents can arise from different issues. If you, a family member or friend have been injured whilst using machinery on a farm and it was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. We are a specialist personal injury firm with vast experience in dealing with serious personal injuries and accidents.
If another person was responsible for your accident it is highly likely you will be eligible to claim compensation, regardless of whether they are an employer, colleague or supervisor. Grieves specialist farm machinery accident solicitors will be happy to discuss your case during an initial consultation.
We can offer you the best legal support and guidance required to make a farm accident compensation claim. We will also arrange rehabilitation and treatment programmes to aid your recovery from your injuries. We will provide you with a full frank assessment of the potential of your case. Our personal injury specialists have helped victims with agricultural accident claims which have ranged from soft tissue damage, fractures and burns through to other serious cases such as spinal injuries, brain damage and fatalities.
Contact Grieves Solicitors
You can get in touch with our personal injury specialists by calling 0800 0747 644, or give us details of your situation and injuries by completing our contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.
We will provide a no-obligation assessment of your potential farm accident claim, and a fast, efficient and friendly legal service, helping you gain the compensation you deserve.