Typically much lighter than petrol mowers, cord lawn mowers have two major advantages:
- There is no need to service an engine. Electric mowers just need to be kept sharp and
clean, which cuts maintenance time and cost down significantly
- Cord lawn mowers do not put out any polluting exhaust fumes, which is, of course,
much better for the environment and your health
There are, however, some risks of personal injuries when using corded lawn mowers.
Dangers of cord lawn mowers
The most common lawn mower-related accidents at work and at home include:
- Injuries by electrocution
- Cuts to and even amputation of limbs, including fingers, hands and toes, by accidental contact with rotating blades
- Burn injuries due to contact with hot engine casings or fire
- Injuries by flying objects, which can include bruising, lacerations, fractures, broken bones and, if struck in the eye, blindness
Accidents involving cord lawn mowers at home or at work can often be prevented through a few simple safety precautions.
Preventing lawn mower mishaps
Here are some of the most common causes of injuries by fire or electrocution and how to prevent them:
- Twisted, frayed or otherwise damaged cords
- Improper use or use of defective mowers
- Use of unsuitable, defective or not fully uncoiled extension leads, which can overheat and cause fires
- Mowing during or immediately after rain
- Running over and cutting cords during mowing
This kind of work accidents and, of course, accidents at home, can be easily prevented by:
- Ensuring mowers, cords and extensions are in good, safe working order
- Fully uncoiling extension leads
- Ensuring leads are positioned so they cannot be run over and cut
- Keeping mowers and leads dry and clean
- Not mowing during or shortly after heavy rainfall
- Using mowers according to manufacturers’ instructions
Using RCD-protected power outlets and regularly testing RCDs will further help to prevent injuries at work or at home.
Workplace accidents and home gardening accidents involving injury by flying objects or
contact with moving blades can be prevented by:
- Clearing stones and other debris off lawns before mowing
- Always turning off electrical supplies before attempting to clean blades or remove
- Wearing protective footwear, as opposed to open toes, flip-flops or sandals
Gardening at work
If you were injured at work because your employer did not provide you with well-maintained equipment or failed to train you in safe working procedures, you may qualify for work injury compensation.
Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your home telephone or mobile to learn more about how we here at the Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in getting your compensation.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice