If you work in agriculture, the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) latest annual statistics make grim reading. They show that proportionately, this sector continues to have amongst the highest incidence rate of fatal accidents – 8.44 fatalities per 100,000 employees – second only to the waste industry.
Smoothing out the statistics to take into account year on year fluctuations shows that the sector was actually the worst of all over the period 2013 to 2018. Overall, workers in the agricultural sector are 18 times more likely to be killed at work when compared with the average rate of fatalities across all industries.
It’s not surprising that in relation to the risk of serious injury, the same picture emerges.
The main causes of serious accidents in the sector are:
- being struck by moving vehicles;
- falling from height;
- being injured or killed by an animal;
- poorly maintained or operated machinery;
- being struck by something collapsing.
In South West England we are surrounded by agriculture and enquiries from people injured working in the sector are common.
“In many cases we find that our agricultural accident clients have suffered life-changing injuries” says Andrew Atkinson, Head of Personal Injury at BLB Solicitors. “Crush injuries, lost limbs and digits and spinal injuries are, sadly, common. A scenario we encounter regularly is people working alone with dangerous machinery or other equipment some distance from help if something goes wrong.”
“David, thank you so much for your support through this very difficult time for my whole family. You really do have an amazing ability to explain things in a way that ordinary people can understand and that has helped us so much in making the decision we have.” TH, September 2017
Little Employment Protection
Following a serious accident, people employed in the agricultural sector are also more likely to fare worse in terms of security of employment than those in other sectors. Many are seasonal or casual workers or employed on short-term contracts. The situation is compounded for those living in tied-accommodation.
Employers are typically small, family businesses with only a handful of employees, so if one of them is unable to work, there is often pressure to unburden themselves of the unproductive person.
“I just wish all solicitors were like you. Not only are you excellent at your job but you really care about people. I’m actually going to miss speaking to you!” GG, May 2018
Vital Interim Payments
Substantial interim payments are often vital in agricultural accident claims and obtaining them is always an early priority.
“Clients are often unable to work, with little prospect of them returning in the near future and are receiving either just SSP or even have no income at all. If we can help to relieve that huge financial pressure in the short to medium term, people are far better placed to focus on their treatment and rehabilitation” says Andrew Atkinson.
What Happens when you contact us?
If you have been involved in an accident whilst working in agriculture, speak now informally and in complete confidence to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors on 01225 462871. Alternatively, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you.
Further information on what typically happens when you contact us is available here.
“Thank you Andrew, what can I say? Just knowing that my family are now financially secure is such a huge relief. Thank you so much for being there for us. I’m so glad I found you.” DP, July 2018
How is my compensation calculated?
Calculating the total amount of your compensation can be a very involved process. The most important factor is protecting you for the future. Further information about how compensation is calculated is available here.
Are there any time limits?
The law does provide time limits for bringing a personal injury claim. Further information about them is available here.
Can I change solicitor?
If you’re unhappy with your solicitor you really aren’t alone. Believe it or not, many of our clients begin their claims with other law firms before becoming disillusioned with their poor levels of service and/or lack of knowledge and understanding of their condition. We are experts in turning claims around.
Further information about changing solicitor is available here.
How can I fund my personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim can be funded in a number of ways. It’s all about finding the method of funding that’s right for you.
Further information about funding a personal injury claim, including No Win / No Fee, is available here.