Agriculture and Farming Jobs Are Still Some Of The Most Deadly

Jobs within the agriculture and farming sectors are still some of the most dangerous. This is according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Friday, July 25, 2014

The reduction in fatalities is encouraging, but still highlights the dangers that workers in the farming industry face every day. A fall from height, injury from machinery or damage caused by livestock can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. Not to mention the lives of their loved ones.

Jobs within the agriculture and farming sectors are still some of the most dangerous. This is according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In a new report by the HSE, farm deaths have fallen marginally but accidents involving machinery and falls from height remain high.

The farming industry only represents around 2 per cent of the UK workforce, but accounts for an estimated 19 per cent of all fatal injuries reported to the HSE annually, confirming this industry as one of the most dangerous to work in.

NFU Mutual have also released figures showing that accidents involving machinery, namely those caused by Power Take-Off Shafts, were the most common, with falls from height and livestock related injuries following close behind. The rural insurer said these claims alone have amounted to nearly £26 million in compensation pay-outs.

Between April 2013 and March 2014 it was reported that 27 farm workers had been killed, two less than numbers reported in 2012/13. This is a welcome decrease, but these deaths are still tragic.

Philip Coulthurst, Head of Serious Injuries at Freeclaim Solicitors welcomed the decline in fatalities but added:

“The reduction in fatalities is encouraging, but still highlights the dangers that workers in the farming industry face every day. A fall from height, injury from machinery or damage caused by livestock can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. Not to mention the lives of their loved ones.

An injury sustained within the farming industry can result in the victim needing specialist lifetime care.

At Freeclaim Solicitors, we make sure that our clients get the maximum compensation available to ensure they have access to this specialist care.”

If you have been injured whilst working within the farming or agriculture industry, you may have a right to compensation.
A serious personal injury can leave you and your family in financial strife if you are unable to work. It’s vital you have an experienced legal team fighting for the maximum compensation available and protecting the best interests of you and your family.

In addition, if you work in the agricultural or farming industry, you and your colleagues have a right to work safely. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you have the necessary safety apparatus for the job at hand and that you have been trained to handle machinery and equipment.

Freeclaim solicitors have over 25 years’ experience in obtaining compensation for workers in the agriculture and farming industry and can help you get the compensation you deserve today.

To speak to an experienced solicitor at Freeclaim, call free on 0800 612 7340 for a no obligation chat and see how we can obtain compensation on your behalf or go to www.freeclaim.co.uk


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