Gardening is a popular hobby, which is generally considered to be very safe. However, if you’re a novice, it’s best to bear some safety tips in mind, especially when it comes to planting and using garden machinery. If you have poisonous flowers in your garden, for example, this can have serious implications.
Most of us take pride in our gardens. With the summer in full swing, there’s no better time to get out and enjoy sunny days on the lawn.
Whether you’re doing some volunteer gardening at work, or you’re working on a floral masterpiece at home, here are some tips to help you steer clear of injuries and accidents at work.
What poisonous flowers should you not have in your garden?
When it comes to gardening accidents, you often think of cuts and grazes caused by thorns, injuries caused by garden tools and machinery and slip and trip hazards. However, you should also pay attention to the kinds of flowers you are growing in your garden.
There are some poisonous flowers out there which are best to avoid planting in your flower beds. Here are some examples of poisonous flowers:
- Poets narcissus
In the vast majority of cases, poisonous flowers won’t do you any harm unless you ingest them. Symptoms that may result from eating poisonous flowers include nausea and sickness, headaches and dizziness.
Workplace gardening accidents
If you’re gardening at work, or you’re planning to do some planting at home, always wear gloves and only eat edible parts of plants that are specifically grown to provide you with food, such as strawberry plants.
If you’re not sure whether or not something is edible, always check first to avoid work accidents and unwanted illnesses.
If you have been tasked with tidying up the garden at work, your boss should provide you with the relevant equipment. If this doesn’t happen, and you sustain a work injury, you may be eligible for work injury compensation.
Report the incident to your boss, seek medical assistance and write down exactly what happened.
If you have been injured at work and you want to press on and make a work accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline or take our online 30-second eligibility test.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice