The gardening business is brimming with hazards that can lead to catastrophic accidents at work. The very nature of the job requires sharp machines and electrical equipment – from heavy-duty chainsaws to the humble garden shears, gardening accidents present a myriad possible injuries.
What is a lawn mower?
Arguably the most common and well-known piece of gardening equipment, the lawn mower does exactly what is says on the tin – it is a piece of gardening equipment used solely for the purpose of cutting grass.
Although there are various types of lawn mower, from cylinder mowers to impressive tractor-like petrol powered mowers, is it is the latter that is typically used within the gardening profession.
Top 5 lawn mower operating tips
- Wear appropriate gardening attire, including heavy-duty footwear
- Familiarise yourself with the safety features on the lawn mower
- Do not touch the blades of the lawn mower
- Ensure the lawn is suitable for mowing – raked and clear of any stones, leaves or debris
- Never operate a lawn mower without adequate training
Gardening accident at work
Due to the type and variation of equipment used within the gardening sector, it goes without saying that extensive training must be provided so workers are correctly trained in how to operate tools and complete their day-to-day duties.
The machinery in question must also be maintained and checked by the employer to certify that it is safe for use.
Aside from human error, there is the odd occasion that an employer fails to meet their legal requirement of protecting their employees’ health and safety. In cases such as these, where a member of the team is injured in a gardening accident, it is likely that the employer would be liable for the harm sustained.
Claiming for your gardening accident
If the above sounds all too familiar, a legal firm could help you with your claim for personal injury compensation.
Go online to Accident Advice Helpline’s website where you will find the company’s compensation calculator. The short form takes just 30 seconds to complete and collates adequate information for the legal firm to assess whether your work accident work accident claim is likely to be successful. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
In the case of good news, Accident Advice Helpline will manage your claim with an assigned solicitor, on a no win, no fee* basis, to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your work-related injury.