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Accidents Involving Farm Machinery

The agricultural industry can be an extremely dangerous place to work in as it can result in many serious types of accidents and injuries. According to a report conducted by the HSE, annually around 14,000 workers within the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector sustain an injury at work across the UK.[1]

The most common reported physical workplace risk includes the ‘risk of accidents from machines or hand tools’, which are present in 80% of workplaces. Certain agricultural work will usually mean that farm workers will be working, on some level in dangerous or unsafe conditions, whether it be operating farm machinery and tools or working with farm animals. 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.

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 the farming machinery and 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.

Some of the most common accidents involving farming machinery include workers being injured by equipment defects, through exposed parts of the machinery, as well as body parts becoming trapped or crushed by dangerous moving parts such as from rotating shafts and power take off machines. Adequate guarding should therefore be employed on all machines to protect workers from sustaining such injuries.

Farm Accident Has Disasterous 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 and speak to one of our specialists personal injury lawyers to discuss your prospects of bringing a claim and how you could be compensated. We are here to help.

Examples of farming or agricultural machinery/ equipment that have caused accidents for workers include:

  • Balers
  • Automated Equipment
  • Augers
  • Combine harvesters
  • Mowers
  • Potato harvester
  • Forklift
  • Milking machines and equipment
  • Sorting machinery
  • Tractors

Common causes for farm machinery accidents

The common source of negligence in regards to farm equipment accidents includes:

  • 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 or dangerous - Equipment defects.
  • 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.
  • The employer does not terminate the use of a broken or faulty piece of farming machinery or equipment.

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 solicitors will be happy to discuss your case during an initial consultation.

We can offer you the best legal support and guidance required to bring about a farm accident compensation claim, as well as 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 of workplace injury claims which have ranged from soft tissue damage, fractures and burns through to other serious cases such as spinal injuries, brain damage and fatalities.

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.

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.



[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/industry/agriculture/agriculture.pdf?pdf=agriculture