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Personal protective equipment is essential for protecting the health of farm and agriculture workers, particularly with regard to respiratory health and pesticides.

If you have been diagnosed with an occupational illness you believe to be attributable to exposure to harmful substances in your agricultural workplace, and this has been caused by insufficient personal protective equipment, contact the specialist solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co today for information about your options in relation to a farm accident claim. Simply fill in our online form and we will call you back.

Respiratory hazards on the farm

There are many and various respiratory hazards in an agricultural workplace environment. In fact, the occupational air workers breathe can frequently be contaminated and deadly. For example, conditions such as Farmer's Lung, Silo Unloaders' Syndrome and Organic Dust Toxicity Syndrome (ODTS) develop as a result of the inhalation of airborne mould spores.

Providing Personal Protective Equipment

In order to be protected from the many respiratory hazards present on farms – for example, field dust, pesticides, pump sumps, hydrogen sulphide, nitrogen dioxide and manure – workers should be fitted with appropriate personal protective equipment such as masks, suits, and breathing apparatus.

In many cases all that is required to prevent permanent lung damage caused by exposure to dusts, mists, gases, and vapours is a relatively inexpensive respirator.

Other types of respirator that may be of use include the following:

    • Disposable particulate respirators
    • Chemical cartridge respirators
    • Gas masks
    • Powered air-purifying respirators
    • Supplied-air respirators
    • Dust filter masks

Unsuitable PPE

Some so-called "nuisance dust masks" or "comfort masks" may appear the same as effective dust respirators; however, they are not marked with a CE or any credible standard. These devices are not intended for agricultural use and should never be used as an alternative to a more effective respirator. It is essential that workers never use these devices as protection against grain dust or mouldy hay, straw, grain or indeed any other substance that might trigger occupational asthma or farmer's lung.

Farm accident claims with Seth Lovis & Co

Even into the second decade of the 21st century, agriculture remains an unacceptably dangerous sector with around one agriculture worker per week sustaining fatal injury in the workplace, often as a result of insufficient personal protective equipment.

At Seth Lovis & Co, our team of experienced farm accident claim lawyers has helped numerous labourers and agricultural workers make claims for injuries sustained in accidents caused by the negligence of employers and other parties. To find out if our team can help you, please call us today on 0808 252 0678 or, alternatively, complete one of our online claim forms.

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