Health and Safety risks in the Agriculture industry
Earlier this week the HSE reported that animals and machinery are the top health and safety risks for farming and agriculture workers. In 2014/2015 there were over 30 deaths related to moving vehicles and cattle on farms. A further 12 deaths reported were related to falling objects and asphyxiation from falling into grain silos and slurry tanks.
Agriculture is widely reported to be a dangerous occupation due to the combination of dangerous equipment and the unpredictability behaviour of livestock. Cattle surprisingly account for the majority of animal related deaths and calls for making the industry safer have been heeded by farmers across the country.
The HSE are working closely with the Farmer Safety Foundation and Farm Safety Partnerships to improve working conditions and minimise risks to workers. There is also “Farm Safety week” on the horizon where these two issues will be focal points of the week.
HSE’s Head of Agriculture, Rick Brunt, said: “Deaths in farming have remained stubbornly high over the past few years and agriculture continues to have the poorest record of managing risk of any industry in Britain.
“The death rate on Britain’s farms is over five times that of the construction industry, and 20 times higher than the all industries average. The industry should recognise that these deaths are avoidable, and should not accept them as an inevitable consequence of farming.
“HSE applauds the industry for taking the initiative to tackle the causes of fatal and serious injuries. We will continue to work closely with the Farm Safety Foundation, the Farm Safety Partnerships, and the NI and Ireland regulators to tackle this poor record.”
Working alone or in a small team could be one of the risks of working on a farm. Equipment can be heavy and animals unpredictable making extremely hazardous. Early morning starts could also be a contributing factor and we would advise that any one working on a farm follows the correct procedures and always makes sure there is another employer on site to assist if any problems arise.
If you have suffered from an injury or a work related health condition whilst working in the agriculture industry, our expert solicitors are on hand to provide legal advice and represent you if you wish to bring a claim. Fill in the contact form on the right of the page or simply call our Freephone number on: 0800 001 4496
 Transport and animals are the biggest killers in agriculture – http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/transport-and-animals-are-the-biggest-killers-in-agriculture/