Farming has in recent years become increasingly industrialised through the use of larger, more complex machinery and the employment of more casual labour such as agency workers and migrant workers.
Farming is a hazardous profession involving work with potentially dangerous machinery, workplace transport, chemicals, livestock, working at heights or near pits and silos that result in personal injury.
These are exacerbated by environmental factors such as bad weather, noise and dust. A farm employer has a duty of care to his employee and has an onus to provide a safe place and safe system of work.
It is important to provide protection against hidden dangers such as industrial asthma, vibration white finger and dermatitis are a quite common farming injury and can develop over a period of time.
However, an employee also has a responsibility to take care for his/her safety, use any protective equipment provided and report any hazards they become aware of. Employees may be injured through their own fault and no fault of their employers. It is however a good idea to make preparations to prevent potential farm accidents in advance and there are many simple things to be done which don’t require a huge amount of time or energy to implement.
We at Cahir and Co provide impartial and practical advice in relation to accidents that may have happened on your farm and if an incident occurs it is imperative that legal advice be sought immediately.