If you have been involved in a farm accident or experienced an injury in an agricultural setting, you may find the information on this page useful for clarifying your rights and your eligibility to make a claim * against your employer.
Instigating a claim for negligence
You will generally find that the standard of safety on a farm is not anything near what it would be in any other kind of environment given the levels of risk involved. This is of course not intended to be a criticism of farmers and their attitude toward safety but simply reflects the fact that in Ireland most farms are run at a scale both in terms of staff numbers and profitability that they could not possibly ascribe the level of resources to health and safety as employers in the construction or industrial sectors can. Many farms are small family businesses without the formal health and safety structures you would normally expect to see in other industries.
As a result many farmers are effectively overseeing themselves, which is never a good idea. Accordingly, the risks associated with working on a farm can be far greater than they would be in an equally hazardous industrial or construction environment because you don’t have the same structures in place that a designated independent health and safety officer would be obliged to implement and enforce, including things like risk assessments, safety statements etc. You may find this information on accidents in agriculture useful.
The types of particular accidents that one can expect to see associated with farms include:
- Accidents involving tractors and farm machinery, for instance a hand becoming caught and mangled in a bailer or power take off.
- Accidents caused by livestock on farms, for instance being knocked and crushed or trampled by cattle, kicked by a horse or gored by a bull.
- Accidents caused by livestock straying or breaking out onto the public road causing road traffic accident.
- Accidents resulting from dangerous heights and depth, for instances unsecured heaps or pits.
- Accidents and injuries caused by hazardous materials on farms, for instance dangerous chemicals or dangerous gasses from slurry pits etc.
- Accidents caused by detritus left on the road, for instance if farm material is being moved from one place to another via the public road, this may leave muck or scum and other detritus on the road surface which, if not removed in a responsible fashion, may create a dangerous road surface causing hazards for other road users.
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims *, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including workplace and road traffic accidents. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we have worked with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. If you have experienced a farm accident or sustained an injury in an agricultural setting, you can rely on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance through the claims process *.
Get in contact with our personal injury solicitors today to make a start on your claim * or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.