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Three brothers have died after the manure pit farming accident on a family farm. Our Farming Accident Solicitors discuss the significance of the tragic accident. 
Earlier this week, three brothers died due to exposure to manure fumes after becoming trapped in a manure pit on their family livestock farm. 
Emergency services were called to the scene, but found the men unconscious in the pit and unable to move. The story comes as a stark warning for farm workers as to the dangers of working on a farm, and how easily tragic farming accidents at work can occur in the industry. Read on for more information. 

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Manure pits are commonly used on large livestock farms to store the animal waste before it can be used as fertiliser on the farm. 
However, the pits come with very real health risks due to the chemicals that they release. These gases include methane, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide, all of which can be dangerous to humans if exposed. 
The gases can lead to a number of health concerns, including headaches and dizziness, as well as fainting and death after prolonged exposure. 

What precautions can employees take on a farm to prevent farming accidents at work involving manure pits? 

Ensure proper ventilation in manure pits at all times 
Anybody going into a manure pit should be attached with a belt or harness 
If the manure pit needs to be entered, appoint someone to stay nearby on standby with equipment to lift workers out if they get into trouble 
Risk assessments are essential, and every precaution should be taken to avoid injury to farm workers. 

What other farming accidents should I be aware of? 

Our specialist farming accidents solicitors are well aware of the countless risks involved in working on a farm, and how many farming accident claims happen every year. 
Some other common farm accidents that occur and lead to farm accident claims can include: 
Falling hay bales and other large objects 
Falls from large heights, including falls from scaffolding or large machinery 
Defective farming equipment and machinery 
Vehicle accidents, such as forklift trucks and tractors 
Accidents involving animals and other livestock 

What to do if I’ve been injured in a farming accident? 

If you are an employee working on a farm, no matter your job role, you should not be exposed to the risk of farming accidents. As with any job contract or industry, your employer, such as the owner of the farm, owes you a duty of care, and to protect you from any risks or injury on the farm. 
Subject to the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, as soon as their business is set up, an employer should have some form of employer’s liability insurance, and they will be covered under this to cover your financial compensation for any injuries caused by farming accidents at work. The insurance policy must cover your employer for at least £5 million and come from an authorised insurer
In order to obtain this financial compensation, you should make a farming accident claim with a specialist accident at work solicitor, such as MG Legal. Our team of NO WIN NO FEE accident at work solicitors have over 30 years of experience in accident at work claims, and have built up a success rate of 99% in all of our cases. 
For more information on our farm accident claims solicitors, see here, or get in touch with us today and speak to a member of our team, here. 
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