Hedges look great when they are kept in excellent condition. This means you have to trim them regularly so they do not grow out of control. Hedge trimmers are enormously useful for this purpose. They allow you to trim great lengths of hedge very quickly and easily indeed – far more easily than would be the case if you trimmed them by hand.
If you work as a gardener you might use hedge trimmers quite regularly in your clients’ gardens. You’ll be familiar with how to trim hedges so they look good, and how to use the hedge trimmers as well. However, you might still be injured if the trimmers are not in good condition and have not been maintained properly by whoever employs you. Some gardeners work for larger companies that hire out gardeners to a variety of people.
Proper training and electrical safety
It is always important to make sure you know exactly how to use the hedge trimmers when you are about to do so. Furthermore you should be given appropriate equipment, such as a residual current device – otherwise known as an RCD. Basically this cuts the power to the hedge trimmers (or other electrical garden equipment) if you should accidentally cut through the cable. This will also protect you from serious injury or even death if someone else should cut through it.
If your employer doesn’t check the hedge trimmers and other garden equipment on a regular basis, it is more likely it may develop a potential fault that won’t be spotted until it is too late. In this case you might end up being hurt because you were not able to prevent an accident from occurring.
Could you claim hedge trimmer injury compensation?
Injuries of this nature can be serious and life-changing. The blades on these things can be exceptionally sharp, cutting deep into the skin in seconds. No one wants to suffer such injuries, but if you have you may not be able to work as you once did.
It is no surprise then to hear that seeking advice about hedge trimmer injury compensation is a very good idea indeed. Make sure you call us on 0800 689 0500 so you can speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline. We can determine whether you are able to make a no win, no fee* compensation claim that could result in you receiving damages for the injuries you have suffered.
Date Published: October 25, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead