How to safely operate a rotavator

A gardener using a rotavator.
The rotavator is a piece of gardening machinery that can potentially cause injuries.

When working in sectors that require the use of specific tools and equipment, the risk of accidents at work occurring does heighten. This is generally because these roles incorporate hazards that aren’t generally found in, for example, office jobs; where working with dangerous equipment that requires assertiveness and training to reduce the risk of work-related injury is less likely.

The gardening trade is a particularly good example of an occupational sector brimming with hazards to employees – and the rotavator is just one piece of gardening machinery that can potentially cause work-related injuries.

What is a rotavator?

A rotavator is a piece of gardening machinery used to churn soil, using rotating blades. As with most equipment, the size and capacity of the machine varies depending on its intended usage.

Top three rotavator safety tips

  1. Wear suitable attire – this includes boots and clothing suitable for the weather. If you are working close to traffic, you may need to wear a high visibility jacket.
  2. Check the soil moisture before you begin to use the rotavator. This has a massive impact on how the blades operate and how you need to use the machine.
  3. Before using a rotavator it is essential that the ground is prepared for the machine. Typically weeding will have been completed beforehand to avoid any malfunctions in the mechanics of the machine and to ensure the best ground for draining.

Rotavator injury at work?

It goes without saying that when your daily duties require the use of machinery, such as rotavators, your employer has a responsibility to ensure the following to minimise the risk of accidents at work:

  • The machinery is functioning properly and mechanical checks confirm that it is fit for use
  • Employees are adequately trained to ensure that they are capable of correctly operating the machinery, as required
  • Machinery is maintained

When an employer fails to meet any of the above criteria, it is likely that they have also failed in their legal obligation to protect the health and safety of their employees while in work.

In cases such as these, victims of work-related injury should consider processing a claim for personal injury compensation.

Accident Advice Helpline

If you are unsure whether or not your case would be valid for work accident compensation, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can assist with your query.

With no obligation to proceed with your claim for compensation, take a look online today at Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator or give us a call on 0800 689 0500.

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