According to the Health And Safety Executive, farms are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the UK. It’s easy to see why when you consider the hazards of large machinery, unpredictable livestock, slippery surfaces and varying weather conditions.
Farm owners, however, are responsible not only for the safety of employees but also visitors, so it’s essential to provide a safe working environment by implementing precautions, warnings and making sure employees undergo relevant training.
Here’s a look at the most common causes of personal injuries in the farming industry.
The possibility of tractors overturning, especially on rough terrain, is high. Other common vehicles such as balers, combine harvesters and forklifts can be death traps if not adequately maintained. Blades, prongs and machinery entrapment can cause limb loss, disfigurements and even death.
Slurry Pits And Grain Bins
Slurry pits and grain bins are extremely dangerous, and only trained and authorised personnel should have access to these areas. Drowning and asphyxiation can easily occur, so stringent safety measures must always be implemented.
Unstable straw and hay bales that are not stacked correctly can risk falling and causing head or back injuries and even death. There is also a risk of falling from perched ladders or even form the high stacks themselves.
Large farm animals such as cows, bulls and pigs can be unpredictable and dangerous. 8% of farm deaths in the UK are caused by livestock.
Personal Injury Claims
Many claims for farm injuries are the result of:
- Inadequate warnings and notices
- Defective vehicles and machinery
- Lack of safety equipment
- Inadequate training procedures and lack of relevant employee training.