The advent of electric tools has, without doubt, made gardening much easier for millions of people and sparked an interest in millions more to get their fingers green. However, they also pose a number of threats to safety. Personal injuries and accidents can arise from using electrical garden equipment in all manner of ways.
How can electrical equipment in the garden cause slips, trips and falls?
The first thing to consider with electric garden tools is: who is going to use it? Only sufficiently experienced and capable people should be entrusted with the tools. If young children want to help, then a trowel should suffice. After all, the potential aftermath of a trip accident with a strimmer in hand doesn’t bear thinking about.
Keeping control of who uses the tools brings up the issue of storage. As well as keeping them somewhere out of reach of younger, inquisitive hands, you also want somewhere that is safe and secure.
Of course, it is perfectly understandable that few people are happy for their garden tools to be stored inside. After all, this either means that they need a thorough cleaning after each use or the room in which they are kept will need regular cleaning.
At the same time, you need to make sure that the storage outside is suitable and up to the job.
The best place to store them is a garden shed. However, not any old garden shed will do. For electrical equipment, it is imperative that your structure is waterproof. We all know that water and electricity do not mix and water can damage the equipment. In the worst case scenario, you may not realise the extent of the damage done until you are hurt in an accident with malfunctioning machinery.
As well as protection from water, the issue of security is important. Keeping a lock on the door will not only prevent the tools falling into the wrong hands within your own household, it also provides protection from burglary and theft. With this in mind, your shed should be strong and secure as flimsy structures are easy to break into.
If you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to remember that you may be due some personal injury compensation. Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has been processing personal injury claims for many years and works on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice