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:
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.
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