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Home » Latest News » Why are there so many serious farming accidents every year in the UK?

Why are there so many serious farming accidents every year in the UK?

Why are there so many serious farming accidents every year in the UK?

There is so much scope for injury within the farming industry, and that is why it is so important that employers take appropriate steps to mitigate risks to their workers.

In the year 2017/2018, 33 people were killed in farming and agricultural related accidents. It is estimated that there were 13,000 non-fatal injuries in the industry during the same period. 
 
When you consider how many people are lost every year to car accidents and illnesses the ‘33’ figure might not seem too bad, but this is actually the highest number of fatalities recorded for any industry in the UK.
 
1. Agriculture also had the highest number of people injured in accidents at work as compared to all other types of industry (when calculated on the same basis).
 
2. Nearly half the workers killed were over 65 years of age
 
3. Two of those killed were children, highlighting the fact that farms are not only places of work, but are also people’s homes.
 
These figures demonstrate that an abnormally high proportion of accidents, causing both fatal and non-fatal injuries, happen in the farming industry.
 
Why are there so many farm accidents in the UK?
 
There is so much scope for injury within the farming industry, and that is why it is so important that employers take appropriate steps to mitigate risks to their workers. 
 
High numbers of injuries and fatalities in the UK farming industry can be attributed to:  
 
• Heavy industrial type machinery and large vehicles are used on a daily basis. 
• There is regular use and storage of toxic chemicals, 
• Much of the work requires hard, physically demanding labour,
• Farms contain many types of large and heavy animals,
• Work is carried outside in all types of weather which can contribute to the risks involved in carrying out a number of duties e.g. tripping and slipping, falling from ladders or from other heights.
 
At Bridge McFarland LLP our specialist accidents at work solicitors team have considerable experience of helping the injured victims of farming accidents. 
If you have been injured in a farming or agricultural accident and are considering making a claim, call our experienced personal injury solicitors team on  01482 320620.