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Asphyxiation Drowning Accident Compensation

According to figures from 2012 and 2013, the Health and Safety Executive revealed that 3% of all employee fatalities over the five preceding years were caused by asphyxiation or drowning, especially in Industries which involve working in confined spaces such as farming and agriculture.

Furthermore, from 2006 to 2015, Drowning was identified as one of the main causes of death in agriculture, accounting for approximately 10% of deaths. (

If you have been injured at work or a loved one has been affected by asphyxiation or drowning and would like some expert legal advice regarding your rights and a potential claim, please feel free to call us on 0800 0747 644 or fill out our online client contact form to discuss your farm injury claim and someone will be in touch.


Although accidents which involve asphyxiation are relatively rare, nonetheless when they do occur they can be extremely serious. Asphyxiation is considered fatal as it is characterised by the lack of oxygen to the body. If Asphyxiation is not dealt with promptly it can lead to serious injuries such as brain damage and even death.

Compressive asphyxia: This is a type of asphyxiation caused by compression to the chest, thus the lungs are unable to fill with oxygen, ultimately meaning that the victim is unable to breathe.

Asphyxiation and agriculture

In a work environment, one of the most common types of asphyxiation accident occurs when one enters a restricted space without realising the atmosphere is hazardous.

For example, in a slurry pit on a farm, dangerous chemicals and gases such as hydrogen sulphide can be released. It cannot be identified as it is odourless at high levels of exposure. The effects of it can disable the nervous system and cause the victim to collapse, become unconscious and even cause death.

Slurry handling on farms can be a very dangerous process, as the toxic gases released can rapidly kill workers and multiple fatalities can occur.

Grain bin deaths

Asphyxiation in agricultural environments can also happen in areas in which free-flowing solids occur, such as grain storage bins where grain is kept, resulting in grain bin deaths.

Workers whose task may include clearing a blockage can become trapped if the obstruction unexpectedly clears and the material floods out on top, trapping them and causing compressive asphyxia. Therefore, it is imperative that employers and farmers provide the key safety equipment as well as grain bin rescue equipment. It is the responsibility of the employer to carry out all necessary grain bin safety checks for its employees.

Failure to do so would mean negligence and a breach of their duty of care, thus meaning the Employer would be held liable for any subsequent injuries and accidents.

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Silos, slurry stores or pits accidents

Accidents in Silos, Slurry stores or pit areas are often because of the lack of oxygen to the body (Asphyxiation) which can consequently lead to farmworkers becoming unconscious. Employees can die due to downing or asphyxiation if they fall into a pit or silo.

Slurry pits also comprise poisonous chemicals and emit toxic fumes, thus those required to work around these zones must be provided with suitable protective equipment and sufficient health and safety training.

How can Grieves Solicitors help

With over 20 years of experience, Grieves Solicitors are a leading practise of workplace accident compensation claims solicitors in Huddersfield.  We can help you navigate the complex process of bringing a Farming Accident Claim, while providing friendly and professional advice.

Our Agricultural Accident Solicitors regularly act for clients across Yorkshire and the North West including Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Brighouse and Rochdale.

We can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland. We serve clients across the UK and we take all cases on a ‘no win, no fee basis’.

Workplace Injury Claims can be complicated, so it is important to obtain specialist advice.

If you are looking for simple easy to understand expert legal advice contact Grieves Solicitors today on Freephone 0800 0747 644 or complete our online form below and we will get in touch.

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