When you think of the profession of a gardener you might not necessarily immediately think that it is a dangerous profession. When you consider that a gardener might be injured at work you may be left wondering how – attacked by a particularly sharp rose thorn?
It is understandable, as it may not on the surface seem to be a particularly dangerous job, unlike working as a fire fighter where you can immediately say where the dangers might lie.
However, as with any profession or job, a gardener is at risk of injury on a daily basis.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured as a result of an accident that occurred whilst they were working as a gardener, then contact an injury solicitor in Scotscraig today to find out if you can make a claim for personal injury.
Gardening as a reason for an injury solicitor in Scotscraig
Gardening can be a dangerous hobby, as well as a profession. There are a wide variety of ways in which you could be injured, for example, when using dangerous machinery (mowers, strimmers, shears etc). If you have been injured whilst using one of these types of machines, and you are a hobby gardener, then speak to an injury solicitor in Scotscraig to find out if you could make a claim for compensation. If the machinery itself was defective then you may be able to make a claim against the manufacturer.
Professional gardeners may also be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals, which can be regarded as hazardous substances. If they have not been provided with the adequate training on how to use, store and move these chemicals safely, then they could be exposing themselves to serious harm. Equally, if they have not been provided with adequate personal protection equipment there is the possibility that they could develop an industrial disease or condition, for example, asthma or dermatitis. If you think you have been effected as a result of your exposure to chemicals in the work place, then speak to an injury solicitor in Scotscraig to find out more about making a claim against your employer.
A gardener may also be injured as a result of a lifting accident. In order to protect your back it is imperative that you do not lift objects that are too heavy, and that you life the objects you are capable of lifting in the correct manner. All employees who are likely to have to do any form of manual lifting during their work, including gardeners, should be provided training by their employers on proper and safe manual handling techniques. If you have been injured as the result of lifting a heavy object incorrectly and your employer has not provided you with the necessary training, then an injury solicitor in Scotscraig can help you make a claim today against your employer.
Injury solicitor in Scotscraig
If you have been injured in an accident at work do not suffer in silence. Contact an injury solicitor in Scotscraig or take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test today.
Date Published: 27th December 2013
Author: David Brown