For many people, gardening is a hobby enjoyed during the weekends. However, for some it is a full time job and, like all job roles, there are potential work injuries that come with gardening and the tools used whilst gardening. A common cause of an accident at work in the horticultural industry is through the tools that are used. So, what are the most dangerous gardening tools?
Dangerous Gardening Tools
- Forks – the cause of many a work injury
Forks may seem like non-dangerous tools compared to other sharper objects. However forks, if not used properly, can be one of the most dangerous gardening tools. The reason for this is that due to the thin points on the tool it can cause a nasty penetrative work injury if you didn’t look at where you were digging your fork.
- Hedge trimmers
These are probably one of the obvious choices for the most dangerous gardening tool. Electrical hedge trimmers can quite easily cause an injury. There are many causes of accidents at work with these including cutting through the wire, falling over whilst it is on and even water seeping into the electrics. Most new hedge trimmers are fitted with safety trip switches to help reduce the severity of the work injury. However, these are still one of the most dangerous gardening tools.
- Commercial lawn mowers
A standard lawn mower tends to be quite small and doesn`t often pose an injury risk unless a malfunction makes you have to get your limbs close to the mower’s moving parts. However, commercial ride-on lawn mowers can cause a nasty accident. This could be due to the electrics malfunctioning, an unexpected hole in the grass and many more different causes. Due to the size of the lawn mower as well as size of the blades and the engine, this is easily one of the most dangerous gardening tools.
Accident Advice Helpline
In addition to the tools above, there are also others that can and do cause injury. If you have had an accident be it in the garden at home or at work or elsewhere within a home or work environment and have evidence that proves that you weren’t at fault, you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that possesses an expert team of lawyers with over 15 years’ worth of experience in handling personal injury claims.
If you’d like to talk about a potential claim or have any further questions about personal injury claims, speak to one of our friendly advisors today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown