Britons are almost unique among the cultures of the world for their particular love of gardening. A hot summer working in the garden and being rewarded with an ice cold glass of lemonade is the idea of paradise for some. Hedge trimmers can be an incredibly convenient asset to create and sculpt the trees and hedges in your garden. However, improper use of hedge clippers could result in serious injury.
Safe use of hedge clippers
Most if not all hedge clippers will come with an instruction manual. Make sure you have read and thoroughly understood the instructions before proceeding to cut.
- Inspect the clippers for damage
Before use, perform a quick visual inspection of the clippers to ascertain whether they have sustained any damage in between use or during transportation before first use.
- Never use in damp or wet weather
Using hedge clippers in damp or wet weather can put you at serious risk of suffering an electric shock. If it starts to rain whilst cutting, pack up as soon as possible, it’s better to finish your work some other time than suffer a serious injury.
- Wear the correct safety equipment
When using hedge clippers, wearing the correct safety equipment is paramount. Wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scratches, wear a dust mask to prevent particles entering your lungs which could cause you breathing difficulties. Wear goggles to prevent debris causing an eye injury.
- Never operate hedge clippers with one hand
In order to maintain a steady grip, it’s essential to use both hands when operating hedge clippers. Gloves will also help to maintain a proper grip.
- Never force hedge clippers onto growth
If you come across thick or overgrown branches, do not use force on the hedge clippers as this could cause a rebound which could seriously injure you.
If you’ve been injured as the result of using defective hedge clippers and you weren’t to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Entrust Accident Advice Helpline to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more information. One of our friendly, professional advisors will be on hand to answer any questions you might have regarding the claim process. Why not try out our online 30-second-test to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to?
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown