Farm Accident Claims

The farming and agricultural industry is one of the riskiest sectors for employees due to the physically demanding labour and dangerous machinery involved. Thousands of accidents occur on UK farms every year despite extensive regulation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other authorities.

If you’ve been hurt while working on a farm and it was not your fault, YouClaim’s solicitors can help you claim compensation for your injury. We have experience in all kinds of farm accident claims, from the minor to the very serious and life changing. To find out more, call us now on 0800 10 757 95, or fill in our claims form located on this page and we will get back to you.

The risks of working on a farm

The most obvious risks of agricultural work are injuries from equipment, including combine harvesters and hay baling machines, as well as accidents involving heavy-duty vehicles like tractors. Farm employees are also at risk of becoming trapped in grain silos, being exposed to harmful chemicals and gases, and of being electrocuted by faulty equipment.

Read in more detail about the different types of accident we can help you with:

  • Combine harvester accidents - Due to their enormous size and weight, plus the monotony of harvesting a field, combine harvesters are extremely dangerous and the utmost care should be taken at all times by drivers to avoid large ruts in the field, debris, trees, walkers and animals.
  • Hay bale injuries - Hay bales can weigh between four and nine stone, depending on their size, so it’s clear they could cause injury if incorrectly stacked or handled. Incorrectly stacked hay bales are prone to collapsing onto an individual, and poorly secured large bales can roll off the vehicle transporting them.
  • Log splitter accidents - Firewood processing machines are normally used in agriculture or forestry work to cut or split logs down to size. This kind of equipment presents several dangers to workers, and features such as saws and splitting mechanisms can lead to crushing or trapping injuries.
  • Poorly-maintained machinery - owners must ensure that all machinery is suitable to carry out the work it is intended for at all times, that staff are competent and well trained in its use and that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided to employees.
  • Tractor accidents - Crashes and accidents in a tractor are the two biggest risks to farmers and other agricultural workers and incidents, such as rolling/tipping the vehicle, can often lead to serious injury.

Why do accidents happen?

According to the HSE, the majority of accidents in agriculture are caused by, but not limited to:

  • Inadequate training or lack of competence
  • Technologically hazardous environments
  • Risk taking and unsafe practices
  • Environmental factors
  • Poor management
  • Lack of health and safety training
  • Not following manufacturer advice
  • Not having appropriate safety guards in use
  • The machine is not assembled correctly

Make a claim for compensation

Farming injuries tend to be serious and debilitating due to the kinds of machinery and work involved. Every claim is completely different and an accurate estimate cannot be made until you speak to an expert solicitor. Read about how we have handled previous cases by taking a look at our case studies.

If you or a loved one have been injured while working on a farm or other agricultural site, YouClaim’s expert solicitors can help you claim the farm accident compensation to which you are entitled. Call us now on 0800 10 757 95 or fill in our call back form and we will call you back at a time that is convenient to you.

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