Common Hazards in Farming, Fishing and Agriculture (2023)

It is common for workers in the forestry, agriculture and fishing industries to face hazards in the workplace on a daily basis. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive, when combined, farming, fishing and forestry account for the riskiest industrial sector in all of Scotland. Accidents regularly happen and, given the nature of the work, many of these accidents can be serious or even fatal.

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These accidents can include:

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  • Chemical exposure
  • Falling from height
  • Accidents caused by working with animals
  • Accidents caused by farm machinery
  • Accidents caused by farm vehicles
  • Accidents caused by lack of training
  • Accidents in confined spaces
  • Drowning and asphyxiation

Mundane accidents and extraordinary hazards

However uniquely hazardous the sector may be, health and safety in agriculture, fishing and forestry is not all about preventing accidents involving dangerous machinery, work at height, and other extreme hazards. The sector is also a significant source of injuries resulting from slips and trips and manual handling.

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Unfortunately, workers in these sectors can sometimes be reluctant to make compensation claims through fear they might lose their jobs. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that farms are often family businesses. However, employees should not feel reluctant to uphold their civil right to compensation; employers have liability insurance in place to cover compensation awards – by making a claim you will not leave your employer out of pocket.

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Claim compensation with Thompsons

We understand the issues associated with a claim for work accident compensation and can personally meet with you to give you private and independent advice, assessing your claim for compensation and letting you know what steps you can take to compensate your loss. We handle all cases from minor injury claims to serious and fatal injury claims.

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With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Peebles, Galashiels and Aberdeen, Thompsons is Scotland’s largest personal injury solicitors firm and is handily placed to meet victims of accidents wherever they are in the country.

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If you have been involved in a fishing or farming accident in the last three years that was not your fault, contact our specialist compensation claim lawyers today on 0800 0891331. We will assess your claim and help you receive the compensation you deserve on a No Win No Fee basis this means you pay nothing unless your case for compensation proves successful.

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