Accident at Work on a Farm caused by Crushing Injuries
These are one of the most common type of Personal Injury Claims in the Agricultural Sector
Why Are There So Many Farm Accident at Work Crushing Injuries?
The Reasons for such injuries are not hard to find. Much agricultural equipment has is based on reciprocating mechanisms – for instance box fillers and hope presses or baler needles.
In addition equipment that is hydraulically raised such as trailer and rear doors and also telescopic handler booms and particularly combine headers can cause inevitable risks. Other common problems involve equipment with trailers such as balers and manure spreaders. Finally there is linkage mounted machinery such as post drivers sprayers and fertiliser spreaders.
What Situations Cause Such Crushing Injuries?
As seen above because the nature of the equipment crushing injuries are always accidents waiting to happen but farm accident injuries are largely caused by this equipment linked to farm worker error or fatigue which can cause serious injuries and sometimes fatalities.
Key errors can involve actions that are understandable in the middle of a busy day’s work. Often the accident can be caused by reaching into the crush areas without taking the precaution of turning off the machine first. Sometimes the machine that is being trailed is incorrectly hitched. Another common problem is where a machine is being repaired and is not properly supported when the repairs are being carried out and the person who is repairing it is crushed.
How Can Such Accidents Be Avoided?
There are a number of precautions that can be taken to avoid these problems leading to accidents at work on a farm injuries.
Firstly machines can be altered o that crush points are better protected so that farm workers cannot get their hands or legs trapped
Secondly access to crush points can be avoided by using fixed guards or even better interlocked guards.
Thirdly stabilisers can be used on machines that are unbalanced when they are mounted to commence operation
Precautions that can be taken by the employer to avoid operator error can also involve proper and clear training on operator maintenance and safety as well as relevant and updated safety training involving Lantra type qualifications
What To Do If you have had an Accident At Work on a Farm Involving a Crushing Injury?
If you have been involved in a farm accident you need immediate and urgent advice from specialist Solicitors so that your Accident at work Injury Claim can be properly assessed.
O’Neill Injury Solicitors are Personal Injury Solicitors who are Farm Accident Injury Specialists and have experience in all types of Accident at Work on a Farm Claims. You will always speak to a qualified and specialist Solicitor who is experienced in Farm Accident Injuries
We can offer free No Obligation advice and a No Win No Fee Agreement to progress your claim as necessary.