Agriculture is one of Britain’s most dangerous industries
As one of the busiest times for farming gets under way, and many young people seek temporary jobs in the agricultural industry over the summer months, agricultural workers are warned to be aware of the risks that they are likely to face.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recently published an article about a 21 year old farm worker who was hit by a bale of hay weighing one tonne that fell onto him from six feet high. It tragically resulted in him breaking his back, having his leg amputated and being left permanently paralysed. His accident is one of many that could have been avoided and to warn others of the dangers of working on a farm he has made a short film with the HSE which can be seen on their website.
Research shows that last year, 42 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture related activities. More alarmingly, year on year over the last ten years the number of deaths in agriculture has remained at a consistently high level meaning that it remains one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.
Despite the fact that less than 1.5% of the working population is employed in agriculture, each year the sector is responsible for 15 to 20% of deaths to workers in Great Britain. The most common causes of deaths are being struck by a vehicle or an overturning vehicle; moving or falling objects; falls, and injuries caused by an animal.
The injuries suffered from agricultural related accidents are often extremely serious and life threatening. Sadly as the above statistics show, they are also all too often fatal.
Be aware of the risks
Accidents can destroy lives and families, and therefore it is vital that agricultural workers are able to recognise the potential risks and hazards that they face on a daily basis and are not afraid to ask questions and refuse to do something if they recognise that it could put their life in danger.
The Health & Safety Executive website has many free useful guides and information pages which we would recommend anyone working in the agricultural industry to read so that they are not only aware of the risks but can actively help reduce them and ideally remove or avoid them altogether.
How we can help
We understand the seriousness of agricultural injuries and the life changing effects of them. We would like to help and can provide guidance and assistance to rebuild lives and recover losses if you have been injured in such an accident in the past three years.
If you or a family member have been involved in an accident then contact us on 0800 213 214 or complete our simple on line enquiry form to discuss claiming compensation.