One of the most common types of hedge trimming accidents is electrocution, caused when the person operating the hedge trimmer spins around and accidentally cuts through the power cable. This can be instantly fatal or could cause a heart attack, burns or other serious injuries.
Many hedge trimmers nowadays come with a safety cut-out which prevents this type of accident from happening, and appropriate electrical extension cables should also be used to reduce the risk of hedge trimming accidents like this from occurring.
If your employer hasn’t provided you with the latest, up-to-date equipment or if you have been injured by a faulty hedge trimmer, you could find you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation. In fact, Accident Advice Helpline has heard from many gardeners in a similar position and we’re proud to have helped them claim personal injury compensation for their loss of earnings, pain and suffering.
What sort of injuries have you suffered?
As well as the very real risk of electrocution and electric shock, let’s not forget that hedge trimmers are very sharp and there is the potential to cause serious lacerations or even chop off your finger should you misjudge things or lose your balance. Working at height with a hedge trimmer can be dangerous as if you fall due to a defective ladder, you could be injured when you lose your grip on the hedge trimmer – people have even been killed in accidents just like this.
Lacerations, amputations and electrocution are the most common types of hedge trimming accidents, but there have been those who have been lucky enough to escape injury from the hedge trimmer itself but have still suffered head injuries or back injuries after a fall from height off a ladder.
Should you make a claim?
If your employer or the person you are working for as a self-employed contractor has been negligent and this has caused your accident, you’re entitled to claim personal injury compensation. For example, perhaps the hedge trimmer you were provided with was faulty or the ladder you used was defective, leading to your accident and injuries.
Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll be able to tell you if you are eligible to make a claim, or you can take the 30-second test on our website first, to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to. It’s free to call for advice and there’s no obligation to go ahead with a claim.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton