Landscaping Safety: Tips to Help Prevent Injuries

In the landscaping industry, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is always better to try and prevent an injury before it occurs, according to Denver-based Eley Law Firm, which specializes in worker’s compensation.

Landscaping is a dangerous profession. Heat, power tools, sharp implements, and repetitive work can all lead to painful and sometimes debilitating workplace injuries.

In the landscaping industry, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is always better to try and prevent an injury before it occurs, according to Denver-based Eley Law Firm, which specializes in worker’s compensation.

The law firm recently released the following safety tips for landscapers:

  • Stay visible and dress for safety: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fatal accidents among landscapers. While at work, landscapers should always wear high-visibility colors. In addition, long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, and ear and eye protection are a must for any landscaper. Dress for the weather and avoid any loose clothing or jewelry that could get caught in equipment.
  • Keep tools sharp: A dull blade is far more dangerous than a sharp one because the user has to exert a lot more force to get the job done. Keeping hand tools in good working order can also help protect landscapers from repetitive-stress injuries.
  • Know your machine: A lot of power tools—like tillers, blowers, mowers, and trenchers—can cause severe injuries if they malfunction or are used incorrectly. Workers should always read the safety manual before using a new tool for the first time.
  • Be careful with repairs: Before attempting to fix or clear a jam from a power tool or mower, make sure that the power supply is turned off and all the blades have stopped moving. Too many landscapers experience tragic amputations from the spinning blades in lawnmowers and other tools.

Following these tips can help landscapers stay safe during the busy summer season.

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