A business has been fined after a feed hopper fell from a loader and hit a worker. The accident happened at a pig farming business in Teeside. The victim sustained extensive injuries including two skull fractures, four breaks in her leg and a crushed ankle. It is believed the accident happened because of a blockage in the feeder. Another worked tried to dislodge the blockage by moving the forks of the loader up and down, resulting in the hopper falling and injuring the victim. After a Health and Safety Inspection it was concluded that the loader was not appropriate for the job it was being used for and the company were in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. A HSE Inspector stated, “By failing to use suitable equipment the firm needlessly put its employees at risk.”
Claiming Compensation after a Farm Accident
Recent figures released from the HSE show that accidents in the agricultural sector have one of the highest rates of fatalities. These can involve many different areas including falling from height, injuries as a result of unsafe working equipment and machinery, heavy lifting and manual labour, along with many different industrial diseases (vibration white finger, asbestos exposure, noise induced hearing loss).
At Freeclaim Solicitors we have specialist personal injury lawyers who have experience dealing with farm accident claims. If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault call us on 0800 612 7340 for no obligation legal advice. Alternatively, you can fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.
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Published: 6th December 2013