Although as an industry it is only around 1.8% of the workforce, farm accidents account for approximately 19% of fatal injuries in the workplace each year.
Given the high rate of fatal and serious injuries sustained in this industry, farm workers and employers in the agricultural sector should take extra care to ensure workers are not put at risk of injury whilst at work.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an agricultural accident you may be entitled to make a claim.
Helping with your personal injury claim is only part of our service – helping you to get your life back on track after a serious injury is our primary aim.
Due to the seasonality of the industry, many farms use temporary staff which can lead to a lower level of training and a lapse in health and safety.
There are many types of accidents that can cause injury to workers in the agriculture industry, which include, but are not limited to:
It is not only employees who may sustain injury and are entitled to make a claim. Visitors to a farm who sustain injuries in a farm accident or those who live or travel along the perimeter of a farm may also be able to make a claim if they are injured in an accident that was not their fault.
There are many hazardous conditions on a farm that could lead to serious injury and accidents can also be caused by poorly trained co-workers. Farmers have a duty of care to protect their employees. 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.
As an employer, farmers must have insurance to cover the cost of any potential compensation claims and legal fees which may arise from an employee bringing a claim against their employer for personal injury.
Therefore, when making a claim, you will be claiming against the insurer. Usually, the insurance company will deal with the claim on behalf of your employer, so your employer will not be conducting the claim themselves. If you are successful, your damages or compensation will be paid by the insurance company and not your employer.
We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and psychological support for the whole family.