Farm Workers Get Compensation After Horrific Leg Injury
The woman’s leg became trapped in machinery inside a building on the farm where she worked. She managed to escape and crawled out, crying for help. A fellow worker who saw her injury described the six inch by 4-inch wound as a looking like a ‘shark bite’.
The woman’s injuries have left her with a permanent disfigurement and the scarring covers a quarter of her lower leg. She had skin grafts taken from the tops of her thighs and muscle was taken from her back to repair the lost tissue in her calf.
Health and safety Failures
The company that owns the farm, run by a family from the United Arab Emirates owns the 20,000 acres of farmland that the building containing the machinery was on.
At Perth Sheriff Court there were a number of failings discovered by the Health and Safety Executive taking place from October 2009 up until October 2011.
In an out of court settlement, the woman was given an undisclosed amount of compensation for her injury. The company that owned the farm admitted liability and stated that they had reviewed their operations and there had since been a change in working practices. They also said that risk assessments for all activities are now in place.
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Published 11th February 2015.