Farming and agriculture are some of the most dangerous industries to work in and accidents can often lead to serious life changing injuries. Statistics show that around 3.9% of workers in the sector sustain an injury at work every year, nearly double the all industries average rate.

At Cleversons our team of specialist personal injury solicitors regularly handle claims for people who have suffered injury in an accident in the farming sector. They can help take the stress out of the claims process for you, provide you with support and access to medical experts. Speak to them today for a free, no obligation consultation, call us on 0800 368 5102 or complete an online enquiry form.

Common fatal farming accidents

Farms can be dangerous places, there’s often vehicles and heavy machinery being used alongside the unpredictable animals, all of which can cause significant injuries. According to the health and safety executive, 41 workers lost their lives in the farming sector during 2020/21 in the UK. The most common types of fatal injuries to workers were:

  • 13 were killed when struck by a moving vehicle. Incidents involved tractors, all-terrain vehicles, telescopic handlers, and skid-steer loaders.
  • 11 were killed when injured by an animal. Incidents involved cows and bulls including a water buffalo bull.
  • 6 were killed by contact with machinery. Incidents involved a power take-off shaft, excavator bucket, and tractor attachments such as trailers.
  • 4 were killed when struck by an object. Incidents included a bale of hay, concrete slab, tree, and tree branch.
  • 3 were killed by a fall from height. Incidents included falls through fragile roofs and from a potato box lifted using a forklift truck.
  • 1 was killed when trapped by something collapsing and the incident involved a grain trailer.

This is a rise of 18 when compared to the previous year and 8 more than the five year industry average. More than half of the workers killed were aged 60 years or older, while the youngest person was a 2-year old child.

If you’ve been injured or a loved one has lost their lives whilst working in the agriculture industry then Cleversons Solicitors can help you get the compensation you deserve. We’ve helped hundreds of clients recover from their accidents at work, speak to one of our dedicated personal injury solicitors today by calling 0800 368 5102.

Common types of farming work related illnesses

Unfortunately, there’s a wide range of different injuries which workers in the agricultural industry can suffer which can cause long term illnesses and injuries. Each year on average 2,030 in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry suffer from work related musculoskeletal disorders which is not far off double the national industry of 1,130.

Other common work related illnesses in the farming and agriculture industry include:

  • Farmer’s lung
  • Occupational asthma
  • Skin disease
  • Occupational cancer
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Chemical injuries
  • Respiratory illness
  • Work related stress

Not all of the injury’s workers suffer will be apparent during the time of their employment and may only come to light in later years, this means that should you wish to make a claim against a former employer for a work related illness, you’ll need to act within 3 years of diagnosis.

The claims process for farming accidents

The farming industry has gained a somewhat notorious reputation for being a dangerous industry to work in, but this doesn’t make it acceptable for employers to take a relaxed view to following health and safety rules.

Your employer has a duty to provide you with the right training, tools and a safe working environment. If your employer fails to do any of this they are endangering you and other employees, regular risk assessments should take place and action taken to mitigate any risks.

It’s a legal requirement for employers to carry out risk assessments and address any concerns flagged by employees. In the farming industry this might relate to machinery maintenance, considering the dangers of moving livestock or issues around bad weather.

However, if you do suffer an injury in a farming accident your solicitor will establish the cause of the accident and who is liable to pay compensation to you for your injuries and loss of earnings. Cleversons can help you get back to normality after an accident by securing compensation, a dedicated personal injury solicitor will handle your claim and investigate the circumstances of your accident.

Cleversons also provide you with access to a wide range of medical professionals who can help you recover from your farming accident. Speak to our experts today by calling 0800 368 5102 or complete an online enquiry form.

How much can you claim for a farming accident injury?

The amount of compensation you will receive following a farming accident will depend on the type of injury you have suffered and the seriousness of your injuries. You’ll also receive compensation relating to any lost earnings or expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

The figures below are taken from the guidelines for general damages on the Judicial College Injury Tables, for a more accurate calculation of how much you could receive for your injuries get in touch with a solicitor today by calling 0800 368 5102

Cuts or abrasions causing scarring £1,500 – £15,000
Breathing in harmful fumes £4,240 – £10,040
Fractures between the elbow and wrist £5,280 – £15,300
Vibration white finger and hand-arm vibration syndrome £2,390 – £30,630
Shoulder injuries Up to £6,290 – £38,280
Knee injuries £13,000 – £76,690
Burns from hot surfaces or chemicals £1,890 – £83,550 and above
Arm injuries £15,300 – £104,370
Leg fractures that include the knee joint £41,550 – £55,590
Deafness or tinnitus £11,890 – £112,100
Damage to the eye(s) from a lack of goggles £18,880 – £214,520
Back and spinal injuries £1,950 – £322,060
Head injuries from falling objects £1,760 – £322,060

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