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Manual Handling and Farming Incident Claims
Manual handling is the supporting or transporting of a load, it is concerned with the lifting, carrying, lowering, pushing of the substances related to their title. Most agricultural employees perform these responsibilities as part of their job role, though certain employees will be required to carry out manual handling daily.
Most workers lift and carry items without incident. However, others may not be as lucky and can suffer muscle or joint injuries. In some situations, manual handling accidents may even cause internal injuries and fatality. If you feel you have a manual handling personal injury case, then contact one of our personal injury solicitors on Freephone 0800 0747 644 or fill in an online claim form to discuss your farm injury case further.
Claims for manual handling compensation can arise from
- Incorrect or lack of training provided
- Failure to carry out risk assessments on individuals or situations
- Failure to provide key equipment to carry out the task
Lifting heavy objects and Falling objects
Farming can include very physical work and workers can injure themselves by lifting heavy loads such as hay bales, calves, chemicals, fertiliser, buckets, and other heavy farming equipment. Most agricultural manual handling injuries can involve the back and the weight bearing joints. Falling objects can also pose a threat and cause substantial injuries.
Many agricultural items can be extremely heavy and thus difficult to move without any help or assistance. Bales of hay, feed bags and other items should be moved by mechanical means where possible, for example employees could use a forklift that is operated by a properly trained individual. The appropriate handling of bales and any other heavy objects using safe lifting techniques would ensure that chances of back injury is reduced.
Our expert personal injury solicitors have advised clients who have suffered a range of manual handling injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Muscular injuries to upper/lower limbs
- Worsening of existing medical conditions, aggravated by a manual handling accident
- Internal injury
Falls from a height on a farm
According to a report by the HSE, falls are the second highest cause of death in agriculture. Every year at least eight people die falling from a height. Those who survive suffer broken bones or even worse. Farming falls often happen from roofs, lofts, ladders, vehicles, bale stacks. These accidents and injuries can cause pain and cost an individual time and money. However, most fall injuries can be avoided. Accidents such as falling from a height can have a huge impact on a victim’s life, if you have fallen from a height which was no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation.
The law shelters all labour activities where individuals could fall or injure themselves. The legal duties fall on employers, self-employed and those who have control over the work at height. It is vital to make sure work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by individuals who are competent to do the task.
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To win a claim, our solicitor will first need to establish 'causation'. This means that your injuries have resulted from the manual handling accident. We will also need to establish that the defendant was legally responsible for your accident.
Grieves solicitors help employees seek financial compensation and rehabilitation support when injured in the workplace through no fault of their own. If you have been injured in the last three years due to manual handling, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim.