Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK each year suffer garden related injuries due to accidents in the garden. Some suffer injuries while actually gardening while others are hurt by other factors in the garden.
Potential accidents in the garden
Accident Advice Helpline take a look at five common, possible causes of accidents in the garden.
- Equipment: The lawnmower, with all its moveable blades is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most dangerous item in the garden. There are around 6,000 lawnmower related injuries reported each year. It is worth wearing protective goggles and other gear when mowing or using hedge-trimmers, chainsaws or other cutting tools. In wet weather keep electrical equipment dry and do not use.
- Lifting injuries: Heavy lifting is a regular hazard and gardeners should not over-exert themselves with any items they are not sure about. Try to design your garden to prevent lifting things over wide distances. It may seem harmless but the flowerpot causes over 5,000 accidents each year. Slips, trips and falls and lifting injuries are the most likely dangers from them.
- Debris and unsafe surfaces: Any surfaces that do not give solid grip are potential risks for trips, falls and slips. Hazards like hosepipes, cracked paving slabs and overgrown tree branches are dangerous. It is worth being particularly careful in wet or icy conditions and unless it is important you should avoid the garden when it is excessively slippery.
- Drowning: It only takes a few inches of water for a child to drown so always supervise them if you have a pond or paddling pool. When you have finished using paddling pools be sure to empty out the water. Ponds or more permanent pools should have proper fences around them. Consider filling in ponds if your children are under five years old to prevent drowning accidents. If you do have a pond try a gentle design that slopes gradually and grow plants on deeper sides to prevent access. Covering the water with wood and mesh (some fit just under the water) is a good way to stop any falls. Finally, make sure you can see the pond from the house.
- Other considerations for children: Lock away any sharp implements or tools so that children do not suffer any cut injuries. If you have any poisonous plants in your garden either get rid of them or educate children to stay away. Insecticides, weed-killers or other chemicals for use in the garden are tempting for young hands but also a skin irritant or poison, so make sure they are well out of reach. When having a barbecue, keep children at a safe distance and make sure an adult is tending it at all times.
If you have suffered an injury in a garden, perhaps from a fall, trip or slip then it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to make a claim for compensation. If the accident was in the last three years and was caused through no fault of your own, then it is possible that our legal team, with extensive experience in exactly these kinds of cases, can help you.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice