Farmer warns of dangers working on farms

Workplace accidents can happen in any working environment but some working environments are more dangerous than others. Anywhere where there is heavy machinery or working from heights has a greater potential for serious injury.Whether they are handling large livestock, or using heavy agricultural machinery such as tractors, harvesters etc , farmers deal with risk every day. As part of Farm safety week, a farmer has spoken out about the increased dangers of farming and uses his own workplace accident as an example.

He injured himself on a tractor when he was 16-years-old when he slipped and fell on his tractor sustaining a five inch gash at the top of his leg. The accident was caused by the young farmer rushing to finish the job at the end of the day and being distracted.

As a result of his accident the worker spent four days in hospital and was unable to work for several weeks whilst he recovered and whilst the accident happened ten years ago now, it has made the 26 year old farmer very aware of the dangers involved in working on a farm and how easy it is to get seriously hurt. This can be a concern as many farmers work alone and may not be able to call for help if injured.

The young farmer is happy to highlight the Farm safety campaign “Who’s going to fill your boots?” which is designed to remind farmers about the everyday risks they take and to think twice before doing anything potentially dangerous.

He commented, “Who’s going to fill your boots?” is our campaign slogan this year and it’s a fair point. If you injure yourself, or heaven forbid kill yourself, who’s going to be there? Is your mobile phone nearby? Do you have signal?

‘A lot of the time we’re on our own and help could be hours away. Just take that little bit of extra time to think about what you’re doing. If it doesn’t seem right then it probably isn’t. A little common sense goes a long way.’

Farming is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, and each year many are injured or killed in farm accidents.

If you have been injured in a farm accident and you don’t think it was your fault you could be entitled to compensation.

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