Office bound workers sometimes envy those who work in the Great British countryside, but farming is statistically one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK. In fact, recent data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that 33 workplace deaths were recorded in agriculture in the last 12 months (between April 2014 and March 2015) – an increase from the 27 recorded deaths in 2013/14. There were also 4 members of the public who were fatally injured. 6-10
6-10th July is National Farm Safety Week – an initiative led by the Farm Safety Foundation. The aim of the week is to promote safer workplace practices and procedures with the ultimate ambition of lowering the risk of accident and the number of fatalities in the industry. During the 5 day event, the Farm Safety Foundation will be promoting practical advice and guidance for those working in the industry. There will also be a focus on the use of machinery and falls from
During the 5 day event, the Farm Safety Foundation will be promoting practical advice and guidance for those working in the industry. There will also be a focus on the use of machinery and falls from height which accounted for 7 deaths during the past 12 months.
Rick Brunt, HSE’s Head of Agriculture, said: “Deaths in farming have remained stubbornly high over the past few years and agriculture continues to have the poorest record of managing risk of any industry in Britain.” He continues
He continues, “The death rate on Britain’s farms is over five times that of the construction industry, and 20 times higher than the all industries average.” “The industry should recognise that these deaths are avoidable, and should not accept them as an inevitable consequence of farming.” “HSE will continue to work closely with the Farm Safety Foundation, the Farm Safety Partnerships, and the NI and Ireland regulators to tackle this poor record.”
Often, accidents on farms are truly life-changing. With big, heavy machinery and unpredictable livestock, plus many jobs carried out on ladders and atop farm buildings, there are inherent risks in farming – but sadly, the safety measures in place are disproportionate to the risks.
Due to the seasonality of the farming industry, many farms use temporary staff which can lead to a lower level of training and a lapse in health and safety.
Farm Accident Compensation Claims
Lack of knowledge and time to implement adequate safety measures can also be to blame. At Freeclaim Solicitors we have 30 years’ experience in handling farm accident claims. In some instances, injuries have been life changing and the injured person will need ongoing support throughout their life. Our experienced solicitors help them to achieve the maximum compensation and ensure that they regain the highest degree of independence possible after their accident.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a farming accident, call us today on 0800 612 7340 or contact us online using our contact form.