Farming is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.
Such dangerous work makes it all the more important that workers are protected. Employers have a legal duty to do everything reasonably possible to ensure the health and safety of the people that work for them. If they have fallen short in these duties, they need to be held to account.
You could also be entitled to compensation for the pain, suffering, and other losses, caused by the farm owner’s failure in their duty of care.
Some of the many hazards present on a farm include:
• Vehicles and machinery
• Chemicals or hazardous materials
• Vibrating tools and constant loud noise – which could lead to occupational health conditions
• High and low places of work – leading to the possibility of falls or falling objects
• Slippery or unstable working environments – such as slurry pits or grain silos
• Dust or spores – from mouldy straw, hay or grain. Breathing in these particles can lead to a respiratory disease called Farmer’s Lung - (or allergic aveolitis).
Can I make a personal injury claim for a farm accident?
You don’t have to be a farm labourer to claim for injuries sustained on a farm:
• If you were injured visiting a farm, the owner owes you a similar duty of care to ensure your health and safety.
• If a loved one was killed through a farming accident, then it is also possible to make a claim on their behalf.
Examples of a farm owner failing in their duty of care could include:
• Failing to provide training on safe working practices
• Poor maintenance of vehicles or machinery
• Failing to display adequate warning signs
• Failing to provide any or adequate protective equipment, such as gloves, boots, ear defenders, or eye protection etc
How long do I have to make a claim?
As with all claims, a time limit applies.
In general, you must begin your claim within 3 years of the date of the accident in question.
The time limit might be longer in certain situations. For example, if you are diagnosed with an occupational health condition, perhaps many years after it was caused, then the time limit would start running from the date of diagnosis.
A number of rules may change the time limits which apply to your case. If you are thinking of bringing a personal injury claim, or you are worried matters have been left for too long, contact us as soon as possible so that we can advise you on where you stand.
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