Statistics from the National Farmers Union show that around 65,000 people in Scotland work in agricultural or farming.
Additionally, there is up to 250,000 other people in jobs which depend on agriculture to some degree.
Agricultural and farming have particular safety challenges related to the type of work, the work environments – often outdoor or in bad weather –and specific training which has to be given to employees.
While the majority of work on farms and other agricultural workplaces is carried out safely, figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that the agricultural and farming industries have a higher rate of workplace accidents and injuries than reported in any other industry.
As in any other type of workplace, employers have a common law duty to take reasonable care of their employees.
There are regulations in place to protect agricultural and farm workers, such as:
Digby Brown have experience of helping people injured while working in this type of industry.
In a recent case in Fife, our specialist personal injury solicitors helped a farm worker who suffered serious and life-changing injuries when he was crushed while trying to move cows from a pen to another area of the farm to be vaccinated.
Our investigations included looking at agricultural industry guidelines and guidance from the Health and Safety Executive to establish that our client’s employer had failed in their duty to take reasonable care of him while at work and were ultimately responsible for the negligent acts by the farm manager at the site which led to the accident and our client’s injuries.
We were able to bring this case to a successful conclusion, achieving a six-figure settlement.
Digby Brown also have a dedicated Foreign and Travel Law department whose work includes representing workers who have come to Scotland from other EU nations and are injured in an accident, whether in the agricultural and farming sectors or in another industry.
The team are all qualified legal specialists and can provide legal services in a variety of languages.
We have our own funding company, Compensate, which provides no win no fee funding for work accidents in agriculture and farming industries.
It means clients have peace of mind that they will not have to pay any costs throughout the case and if the case is not successful, they will not need to pay a penny.
If you have been injured in a farming accident, or an agriculture accident, we would encourage you to seek expert, independent legal advice as soon as possible.
Digby Brown is the leading personal injury firm in Scotland and has been leading the way in helping workers injured at work.
To speak to a legal advisor today, please call us on 0333 200 5925. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form or text ‘help’ to 83310, and a legal advisor will contact you.