Working in the garden is an excellent way to relieve stress. The British passion for gardening is world renowned and is a major part of our culture. However, working in the garden is not without its dangers and can lead to some nasty injuries. As a law firm with years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline is expert when it comes to health and safety. Here are some of the most important pieces of safety equipment to use when it comes to the garden:
Thick work gloves are the staple of all garden safety equipment. As gardening often involves working with sharp implements or prickly plants, it almost goes without saying that gloves are a must when working in the garden.
- Eye protection
When working in the garden, there is significant risk of a foreign object becoming lodged in the eye. Brush-cutters and lawnmowers can quickly turn a rogue stone into a small missile. If possible, you should wear a full face visor in order to prevent injury to the eyes and face. If a full face visor is not available, then it is advised to wear safety protection goggles. Although eye protection is relatively inexpensive, it could be an invaluable investment and can be purchased at your local DIY or gardening centre.
- Ear protection
Working in the garden often involves the use of noisy machinery such as hedge trimmers and lawnmowers. These devices often operate at high dB levels in close proximity to the ear and even short exposure can damage the hearing permanently. It is important to wear adequate ear protection such as ear muffs in order to preserve your hearing.
You might also want to consider kneepads when working in the garden. Spending extended periods of time hunched over attending to low plants and bushes can not only be uncomfortable, but can also lead to Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI.) RSI is caused when an excessive and continuous strain is placed on the same muscle groups. Maintain correct posture when gardening and use kneepads to stay comfortable and avoid the chances of RSI.
Gardener: Accident at work?
If you are a landscape gardener and you’ve suffered a work-related injury within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. Contact us today for more information.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice