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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that agriculture has the highest fatal injury incidence rate of all main industrial sectors in the UK. 

Many people may think that construction would have the highest fatality rate but in 2014/15 there were 33 agricultural worker fatalities reported - which equates to a rate of 9.12 deaths per 100,000 employees or self employed.*

The rate of construction worker fatality was 1.62.*

* Provisional figures as at Aug 2015

Five year statistics

Between 2009/10 and 2013/14 the average number of worker deaths in agricultural and related industries was 33.

The main causes of death to agricultural workers between 2009/2010 and 2013/2014 were:

  • transport (being run over or vehicle overturns) - accounting for 19% of fatalities
  • being struck by moving or falling objects (bales, trees etc) - 17%
  • contact with moving machinery – 13%
  • falling from a height (through fragile roofs, trees etc) - 10%
  • livestock-related fatalities - 10%
  • trapped by something collapsing or overturning - 9%
  • asphyxiation/drowning - 7%

Over the same period there were 375 reported major injuries to employees. There were also 508 reported over seven-day injuries.

Major injuries to different types of workers

In 2013/14 major or specified injuries occurred in the following numbers:

  • Farm workers - 96
  • Animal care services occupations - 28
  • Forestry workers - 25
  • Agricultural and fishing trades - 14
  • Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations - 12

Could Thompsons help you

If you have been involved in an agricultural industry accident at work and suffered a personal injury you can discuss matters confidentially with our specialist accident and injury lawyers.  You will be under no obligation to make a claim for compensation and if you decide to take matters further we will do so on a no win no fee basis.  

Making a personal injury claim will not only give you the compensation you deserve, but it could help protect other workers from suffering a similar accident at work.  Call 0800 0891 331 and speak to our specialist lawyers. 

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