Electric Shock Accident Claims
Contact with electricity can result in serious personal injury, in certain cases it can cause death, severe burns and even disabling injuries.
There are numerous agricultural electric hazards which can include poorly maintained handheld equipment or electrical faults on equipment and machinery, any of which can have fatal consequences.
As agricultural machinery is getting larger, it also increases the chances of a farming equipment accident, incidents such as contact with electricity can cause lifechanging consequences for both the employers and the victims.
If you have suffered from an injury, due to electrocution while working on a farm (or in any other industry) which was not your fault, you may be able to claim Farm Accident Compensation or make a Work Accident Claim.
Employer liability for workplace electric shock accidents:
Employers should be aware of the possible risks within the workplace, and provide the necessary training and supervision of employees to avoid the risk of any accidents.
Employers should also ensure safe work practices through regular inspections of equipment, availability of personal protective equipment and appropriate maintenance of electric appliances and installations. If an employer fails in their duty, then they can be held responsible of any subsequent injuries.
The Health and Safety Act 1974 enforces a duty of care on employers to deliver a safe working environment for employees. There are several regulations which define the measures and practices which employers must comply with.
These regulations include:
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992: This requires employers to ensure that the protective equipment is used, is suitable for their role, and is maintained in good working order. The regulations require that employees receive appropriate instruction on how to use equipment provided.
- The Electricity at Work Regulations 1998: This provides employers procedures on training employees when working with electricity. The regulation also specifies the best practice measures for performing risk assessments involving any electrical equipment, tools or machinery.
- The Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999: This regulation requires that employers have to carry out risk assessments of all workplace equipment, machinery, and environments.
The claimant must be able to prove that their injury was caused by the employer’s breach of their duty of care towards its employees.
What injuries can electricity cause?
The four main types of electrical injury are as follows:
Electric shocks can cause a wide range of injuries such as affecting the breathing, skin burns, muscle spasms can also occur during shocks that can be strong enough to break bones. Shocks can also lead to the victim being thrown backward. This can be particularly dangerous if the person is working at height, leading to falls from height injuries.
Loss of muscle control
Occasionally the electric current can cause muscle spasms which can be strong enough to result in broken bones.
Electrical equipment can get very hot if it is faulty or if it is being used incorrectly, and can cause burns if it comes into contact with the skin.
Are more common with high voltage occurrences, but are caused by internal tissues overheating as the current flows through the body.
Other injuries include
- Amputation/loss of limb.
- Brain injury/traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Breathing difficulties.
- Cardiac arrest.
- Dislocation injuries.
- Mummification (fingers).
- Spinal injury.
- Tissue necrosis.
Making a compensation claim
If the negligence of your employer has caused you or a loved one an accident due to agricultural hazards, causing injury or death, then you may be able to claim compensation. If you have a claim then you can also claim any out of pocket expenses, medical expenses or loss of earnings as a consequence of the accident.
If you have suffered from a farm equipment accident which was not your fault, then make your claim today.
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Why choose Grieves Solicitors?
With over 20 years of experience working with clients in the agricultural sector in Yorkshire and throughout the UK, Grieves Solicitors can help you navigate the complex process of bringing an Agricultural Accident Claim, while providing friendly and professional advice.
Our Farming Accident Solicitors regularly act for clients across Yorkshire and the North West including Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Brighouse and Rochdale on cases involving electric shock injuries on a farm and other agricultural workplaces.
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’.
Work Accident Claims can be complicated, so it is important to obtain specialist advice.
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