With the spring season in full swing in Pennsylvania, landscape companies throughout the state are busier than ever. If you work in this industry, you may find yourself pushing or riding a lawnmower almost every day of the week.
Even with many years of experience, it’s still possible to suffer an injury in a lawnmower accident. These often include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Broken bones
- Missile injuries (objects thrown by the blades)
Even though some of these injuries are more serious than others, they all require immediate medical attention.
Rather than hope for the best, here are five steps you can take to prevent lawnmower accidents and injuries:
- Read the instruction manual: Every lawnmower is different, so read the instruction manual to ensure that you know the equipment inside and out.
- Don’t remove safety guards or devices: These are in place for a reason, such as to prevent objects from flying out from under the mower and striking you or someone else.
- Never put your hands in close proximity to the blade: Even if the motor is turned off, the blade could still be spinning or accidently turn back on.
- Don’t cut grass when it’s wet or damp: Doing so increases the risk of slipping and/or tipping the lawnmower. Both of these things can result in a serious accident, such as getting your foot caught under the lawnmower.
- Regularly inspect your lawnmower: This gives you the opportunity to pinpoint and repair any damages or defects. It only takes a few minutes to inspect a lawnmower before use, and doing so could save you from a serious accident.
By following these tips, you’ll feel better about your safety every time you use a lawnmower.
If you’re injured in a lawnmower accident, move to safety and call for help. While you’re waiting for assistance, treat your injuries to the best of your ability. For example, if you suspect a broken bone, immobilize the area.
Depending on the type of injury and severity, you may not be able to immediately return to work. This should lead you to learn more about the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system, including your legal rights for receiving benefits as you recover.