A farmer suffered serious injuries in a farm accident after two hay bales fell and crushed him. He has now been left permanently disabled. Mr Teale, 40, sustained serious personal injury when he was working at Pilmoor Grange Farm replacing bedding in the pig sheds.
Mr Teale was using a loader to lift the bales of hay, he tilted the loader to put two bales on top of a stack of others, when they felt and hit him. There was no protective cage surrounding the loader to prevent the bales striking Mr Teale. He sustained several fractures to his spine and ribs and as a result is permanently disabled. This is despite several operations to try and alleviate symptoms.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found several failings at the farm. The way the loader was being used was found to be unsafe, and no appropriate training had been given to employees on the correct way to use the machinery. The company who owned the farm pleaded guilty to a breach of health and safety and were fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £4,500 in costs.
Mr Teale commented on his injuries saying “Physically, the accident has totally destroyed me. I am currently the best I will ever be and the doctors have said I could still be paralysed at anytime in my life by any kind of impact injury. I am in pain 24/7 and will be on painkillers for the rest of my life”.
Claiming compensation after farm accident
Accidents at work in the agricultural sector have the second highest rate of fatal injuries, with only the construction sector higher. In the year 2012/13 there were 29 fatal farm accidents reported to the HSE. Given the high risks associated with farm work, employers should do all they can to avoid the risk of workers being injured after an accident at work. Unfortunately the farming industry has quite a health and safety record.
Some of the more common farm accident claims include:-
- Accidents caused by farm vehicles and machinery
- Illnesses and injuries due to the mishandling of chemicals and other hazardous substances
- Falls from trees, ladders and machinery
- Injuries caused by falling objects such as hay bales
- Asbestos related illnesses
- Accidents caused by livestock
- Hearing loss
- Asthma and framer’s lung
- Injuries such as HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome) caused by farming machinery and tools.
- Serious farm accidents involving silos and slurry stores.
Farming accidents by their very nature often lead to serious injuries such as head injuries, spinal injuries and amputations. If you have sustained injury as a result of an accident at work whilst working on a farm, we can help you claim compensation. We have specialist solicitors who have a track record of success in farm accident compensation claims. To speak to one of our expert solicitors about claiming compensation call 0800 612 7340 today. All enquiries are free with no obligation.
Freeclaim Solicitors. Accident at Work Compensation Specialists.
Published: 7th March 2014