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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to safely clean a lawn mower


    Knowing how to safely clean a lawn mower can go a long way to protecting you from one of the most common garden accidents. Lawn mowers come in all shapes and sizes. However, with the exception of large sit-on mowers, safe cleaning techniques are pretty much the same. How can I safely clean a lawn….

    Safety tips for using lighter fluid


    Incorrectly stored or used lighter fluid can cause all kinds of potentially serious personal injuries. Here are some tips on using this flammable liquid safely. About lighter fluid Lighter fluid is used to fill cigarette lighters, for cleaning and often unwisely also to light charcoal barbecues. Highly flammable, it is packed with harmful substances known….

    Can you get injured whilst using pressure washers?


    Used to clean anything from cars, paths and other surfaces to tools, pressure washers are a common sight in service stations, other commercial settings and even people’s gardens. A combination of electricity, water under high pressure and heat does, however, mean the risk of getting injured whilst using pressure washers is significant. The dangers of….

    Top 3 injuries caused by cutting trees down at home yourself


    Cutting trees down at home can save money, time and enable you to shape your outdoor space exactly to your liking. It can also cause you serious injuries.  It is important to follow necessary safety precautions. Many people fancy themselves as a bit of an amateur landscaper. We have visions for our gardens, picturing them….

    Poisonous flowers in your garden


    Gardening is a popular hobby, which is generally considered to be very safe. However, if you’re a novice, it’’s best to bear some safety tips in mind, especially when it comes to planting and using garden machinery. If you have poisonous flowers in your garden, for example, this can have serious implications. Most of us….

    5 dangers of ride-on lawn mowers


    Ride-on lawn mowers are particularly useful when cutting vast areas of grass, and working over tricky terrain. When working with such heavy duty equipment, it is important to know the risks involved, that being the dangers of ride-on lawn mowers. While falls are common dangers of ride-on lawn mowers, there are some typical risks to be aware of. Knowing….

    Dangerous gardening tools


    For many people, gardening is a hobby enjoyed during the weekends. However, for some it is a full time job and, like all job roles, there are potential work injuries that come with gardening and the tools used whilst gardening. A common cause of an accident at work in the horticultural industry is through the….

    What are the most common accidents in the garden?


    ContentsAvoiding the chances of being electrocutedAre chemicals involved in the most common accidents in the garden?Slips, trips and falls are among the most common accidents in the gardenCan you claim compensation for common accidents in the gardenFind out more nowIt’s common to feel perfectly safe when you’re at home, isn’t it? We all feel safe,….

    The safe use of hedge clippers


    Britons are almost unique among the cultures of the world for their particular love of gardening. A hot summer working in the garden and being rewarded with an ice cold glass of lemonade is the idea of paradise for some. Hedge trimmers can be an incredibly convenient asset to create and sculpt the trees and….

    The dangers of using a chainsaw


    Whether you are indulging in a spot of DIY at home, carrying out house and garden improvements, or it is part of your daily job role, working with and using a chainsaw presents numerous health and safety risks, which can lead to equipment-specific injuries of varying severity. When operating such machinery, it is imperative to….

    Five most common injuries that can happen in the garden


    ContentsWhat are the most common injuries that can happen in the garden?Claiming compensation for a garden accidentHere in the UK we love nothing more than getting outside in our gardens. Whether it’s to actually do some gardening, read a book or just have lunch on a sunny day, our gardens are the perfect place to….

    Avoiding rosebush pruning injuries


    Whether you like to tend to your garden at home, or you work within the horticulture sector, you will have an awareness of the gardening health and safety basics; minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls, by clearing away garden tools and equipment following use, be mindful of trailing wires when operating electrical equipment…..

    Implementing ergonomic procedures in the home


    Many employers implement ergonomic procedures in the workplace in order to reduce the number of accidents at work. Ergonomic procedures help to reduce instances of repetitive strain injury, back pain and loss of concentration. It is also important to implement ergonomic procedures in your home in order to prevent these kinds of injuries. Ergonomic sofa….

    What are garden centre owners liable for?


    As one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline has encountered claims from a wide variety of businesses and economic sectors. As part of our service, we publish these handy blog articles to show our potential clients, the kinds of accidents for which….

    Common types of garden injuries


    Every year, thousands of men, women and children experience garden injuries caused by common accidents outdoors. Equipment and garden injuries Lawn mowers, strimmers and hedge cutters are responsible for a great deal of personal injuries, which include injuries by electrocution, cuts and lacerations, even amputation of limbs. Flowerpots, strange as this may sound, are also the….

    Common British springtime accidents


    As days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and generally sunnier, common British springtime accidents are on the increase. But what types of mishaps are considered typical British springtime accidents? Cycling accidents Road traffic accident statistics show, for instance, that cyclists are more frequently injured in traffic accidents during the spring and summer….

    Five potential accidents in the garden


    Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK each year suffer garden related injuries due to accidents in the garden. Some suffer injuries while actually gardening while others are hurt by other factors in the garden. Potential accidents in the garden Accident Advice Helpline take a look at five common, possible causes of accidents in the garden…..

    Making your garden safer: Keeping tools out of children’s reach


    Gardening can be a rewarding and pleasurable hobby and can be enjoyed by all ages if you are green fingered. However, there are many gardening tools which cannot and should not be used by children as they can cause painful injuries, often much worse than a simple slip, trip or fall. What type of tools….

    Making your garden safer: Removing trip hazards


    Trip hazards are responsible for a great deal of accidents in gardens. This applies to both private gardens and those open to the public. Garden tripping accidents Trip injuries in gardens are caused by an array of potential hazards, including: Gardening tools or machines (lawn mowers, hedge cutters, etc) being left lying around on pathways….

    Making your garden safer: Extinguishing barbecue flames


    When you set up the barbecue on a summer’s evening, it can be hard to imagine that an accident could ever happen, but thinking like this can be dangerous. There are so many accidents that can happen with a barbecue, and whether you work with a barbecue in a restaurant, or you simply want to….

    Making your garden safer: How to design a safe pond


    Garden ponds are not only pretty to look at; they also provide a great habitat for frogs, newts, dragonflies and a host of other pond life. If not carefully considered and built for safety, they can, however, be the cause of accidents with potentially tragic consequences, especially when children are around. The following tips for….

    Making your garden safer: Identifying poisonous plants


    Gardening is a favourite pastime for millions of people all around the United Kingdom. The idea of spending a few hours out in the sun, working hard and then sitting back to enjoy the fruits of your labours is extremely appealing. However, it can also be considerably dangerous and cause a number of accidents such….

    Making your garden safer: Where to store electrical equipment


    The advent of electric tools has, without doubt, made gardening much easier for millions of people and sparked an interest in millions more to get their fingers green. However, they also pose a number of threats to safety. Personal injuries and accidents can arise from using electrical garden equipment in all manner of ways. How….

    Making your garden safer: What safety equipment should I use?


    Working in the garden is an excellent way to relieve stress. The British passion for gardening is world renowned and is a major part of our culture. However, working in the garden is not without its dangers and can lead to some nasty injuries. As a law firm with years of experience in all areas….

    Making your garden safer: Where to safely store chemical products


    When you think about gardening the first words that usually come into your head may be grass or plants or trowel. It may not be chemicals and safety but these are just as important if not more so to avoid any nasty accidents especially involving a slip, trip or fall. How could a slip, trip….

    Residual Current Devices and their importance in garden accident avoidance


    Figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show that every year, around 300,000 people in the UK visit an Accident and Emergency unit with a gardening injury. The most common types of gardening accident include injuries caused by operating tools and machinery and slips, trips and falls. Whether you’’re a keen….

    Five most dangerous garden tools


    ContentsStaying safe in the gardenWere you hurt by dangerous garden tools?How many dangerous garden tools can you name? Most garden tools can be potentially dangerous if they are not used correctly, or indeed if there is anything wrong with them. The garden should be a place to relax and enjoy ourselves, and many people derive….

    Keeping garden tools out of reach of children & pets


    For some it is a pastime, for others it is just a way of keeping the garden tidy. However you view gardening, if you have a garden chances are you will need to do it at some point unless you like the wild garden look. But, there are several things you have to consider whilst….

    5 most dangerous garden tools


    As a law firm with over 13 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline are expert when it comes to identifying dangers and hazards. In this article, we take a closer look at 5 of the most dangerous garden tools. Strimmer or brush cutter A strimmer or brush cutter ranks….

    Freak gardening accidents from around the globe


    As a gardener, you would think that you would be relatively safe from injuries at work, especially when compared, for example, to builders and construction workers. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that construction site accidents account for almost a quarter of all reported injuries at work over the course of an average….

    How can a lawnmower cause me an injury?


    For gardeners, the threats of injuries at work are almost a constant presence. Whether it’s muscle strains and pulls from reaching for branches, bumps and bruises from trips and falls or injuries from carrying heavy loads, the threats to safety at work are both many and varied. There is also the tools and equipment to….

    How can I avoid an accident in the garden?


    Gardening related personal injuries can be serious. Here are a few tips on preventing gardening accidents. Slips, trips and falls Injuries by slipping, falling or tripping can be avoided by following a few simple safety rules, including: Never work standing on stools or other unsteady surfaces When working on ladders, make sure they are on….

    What are the most common garden accidents?


    The garden is the heart of the home in the summer months and the pride and joy of any green-fingered homeowner. Most people see their garden as a relaxing oasis, perfect for chilling out on a hazy evening, but there is always a risk of accidents in the garden. If you’’re planning a summer of….

    Do garden centre workers suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury?


    Garden centre workers often have to do the same task everyday which means they can be susceptible to accident at work injuries such as repetitive strain injury. How do garden centre workers get repetitive strain injury? Certain tasks have to be carried out every day of the year at garden centres including pruning, watering and….

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