Gardening is a relaxing hobby for many, but it can also be dangerous. If you enjoy gardening in your spare time, or you work as a professional gardener or landscaper, it’s wise to master the tricks of the trade to prevent accidents at work and unwanted injuries caused by dangerous electrical gardening items.
The most dangerous electrical gardening items
Nowadays, many of us rely on technology and electrical gardening items to create stunning gardens and make everyday maintenance that little bit easier.
If you’re using electrical gardening items, its always important to follow the usage instructions and bear some safety tips in mind. The most dangerous electrical gardening items include:
- Drills and electric screwdrivers
- Lawn mowers
- Electric saws and tree cutting tools
You will also need to take care when dealing with outdoor lights and water features, which are controlled using electric pumps.
If you’re using electrical items in the garden, it is essential to bear these tips in mind:
- Make sure cables and sockets are in good working order
- Ensure all appliances, including electrical gardening items and tools, are checked on a regular basis
- Make sure you know where the override switch is located
- Ensure circuits are connected to a residual current device (also known as an RCD). This will help to prevent electrical injuries such as electric shock caused by electrical gardening items.
Can I claim compensation for an accident at work?
If you’ve been involved in a gardening work accident and you weren’t to blame, you may have the right to claim compensation.
Compensation is a financial payout which is awarded in cases where an employer is liable for an employee’s injuries. You may be able to claim work injury compensation if you’ve been provided with unsuitable or faulty equipment, for example. This includes electrical gardening items.
Getting in touch with us
If you’ve been injured at work in the last three years and have evidence, such as eyewitness statements, medical reports and photographs, to support your work accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now.
We have been helping injured workers to claim compensation for more than 15 years and we pride ourselves on offering a dependable, hassle-free and efficient service. We operate a no-win, no-fee* policy and most of our clients never have to go to court.
Legal processes can be complex and time-consuming. Let us take over all the hard work for you and secure the payout you deserve. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice