Whether you like to tend to your garden at home, or you work within the horticulture sector, you will have an awareness of the gardening health and safety basics; minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls, by clearing away garden tools and equipment following use, be mindful of trailing wires when operating electrical equipment.
But are you aware of the hazards beyond trips and falls in the garden – the dangers associated with common garden flora, such as rosebush pruning injuries?
Beyond trips and falls: Rosebush pruning injuries and accidents
Gardening is an enjoyable pastime, however, the nature of the activity can lead to numerous outdoor accidents and injuries.
When tending your rosebushes, it is possible to contract blood poisoning or tetanus, from the bacteria found in soil and manure within the garden. Bacteria can enter the blood stream through open wounds or from the prick of a rosebush thorn.
Sporothrix schenckii is a strain of fungus and is notorious for causing inflammatory reaction, that it is known among greenfingers as rose-pickers disease. Should the thorn prick joints such as your elbow or knuckle, sporothrix can lead to a very painful case of arthritic infection.
Spores from the fungus can also be the source of myriad respiratory complications.
While it is possible that your condition will only require treatment in the form of antibiotics, be aware that diseases such as these can be extremely severe, sometimes leading to death.
How to avoid rosebush pruning injuries
Always remember to wear gardening gloves when tending your garden. This offers protection on the most basic of levels, yet is an effective way to avoid becoming infected with many garden-related injuries and illnesses.
Avoid cuts and lacerations – as well as trips and falls in the garden – by tidying using your tools correctly and maintaining the general garden area.
In the case where you do experience a prick from a rosebush thorn, thoroughly clean the area with an antiseptic product. Monitor the area to ensure it heels quickly. In the case of inflammation or increased pain, it is advisable to seek medical assistance.
Claiming compensation for a gardening-related accident
From slips, trips and falls, to severe gardening-related injuries and illnesses, if you have been involved in an accident outdoors and you believe a third party is liable, Accident Advice Helpline can help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500, for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice