Dangerous farm accidents brought into focus

In 2010, based on fatalities per worker, agriculture became the most dangerous industry in the UK. During the last decade, 455 people have died on British farms, contributing to the fearful statistic of almost one death every week. In the same ten years, 1700 people were seriously injured on farms, demonstrating the underestimated danger of working on farms.

As well as having one of the highest fatal injury rates of any industry in Great Britain, agriculture is the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces, and visitors, including children, may also be present on farms.

Only recently, a 10-year-old boy died in a farm accident in the latest in a series of tragedies to hit the farming community in Northern Ireland. The boy’s death is the third tragedy to hit the province in a week. This surge in accidents and fatalities has called for farm safety to be taken more seriously.

Children and young people are regularly killed and injured on farms through both work and play. To help prevent accidents involving children on farms, the Health and Safety Executive has published an excellent and informative leaflet to increase awareness of the dangers which will hopefully reduce the number of agricultural injuries contributing to these worrying statistics.

If you have recently been involved in a farm accident and don’t feel that it was your fault, did you know that you could be entitled to compensation?

Call us today on 01625 506655 for a free no-obligation assessment of your case.