From landscape gardeners looking for the perfect finish, to council employees tasked with maintaining verges and roadsides, the use of trimmers is widespread throughout the United Kingdom, and with good reason.
Trimmers are a significant help in terms of quickening and easing the workload. However, as with many mechanical tools, they can also cause serious accidents at work through either malfunction or improper use.
Trimmers should only be used by those who are confident and know how. As with all electrical tools in a working environment, they should be the subject of regular and stringent tests to minimise the risk of accidents from faulty products occurring.
There are numerous safety elements to consider when using a trimmer:
The first step is to familiarise yourself with the product. If an instruction manual is not available, then a visit to the website of the manufacturer should provide tips and instructions.
The specifics of a trimmer vary between make and model, so it’s important you get to know the features of whichever one you are using. This includes:
– The controls
– Safety features
– Guards and attachments
Once they have been kick-started into action, you should hold the throttle for 30-60 seconds to give the trimmer an opportunity to warm up.
When in use, keep the power unit at the same level as your waist with your right hand by the throttle and your left gripped firmly on the handle. Your chosen attachment should be parallel to the ground whilst cutting.
As you move along, keep an eye on the length the grass is being cut to ensure it is what you require. When you are done, release the throttle and allow the engine to run for a few seconds longer before turning it off.
Wearing the right clothing is key to avoiding injuries when using a trimmer. These include:
– Shoes with a closed toe
– Long sleeves
– Safety goggles
You may also want headphones or ear muffs for lengthy operations to prevent damage to ears at work.
If you do suffer an accident at work with a trimmer, then Accident Advice Helpline can offer practical guidance and support should you wish to make a claim for work accident compensation.
Recommended by consumer champion Esther Rantzen, they boast a long history, stretching back over 13 years, of winning work injury cases, as well as public falls, car accidents, and other personal injuries.
To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims