Landscape professionals must monitor occupational hazards

Tools, heat and noise are just a few of the hazards landscapers need to be aware of.

Every job has something that “comes with the territory”. For most jobs, this territory does not include razor-sharp cutting blades, monofilament plastic cutting lines, chippers, grinders, chippers, etc. When landscape professionals use the term “occupational hazard,” they mean it.

Besides the risks of working with tools that can injure you if you handle them incorrectly, there are less obvious dangers. There’s heat stress, hearing loss, vibration injuries, and exposure to dangerous chemicals. Let’s explore the terrain to understand the hazards to the people who work there and how to navigate these occupational hazards safely.

According to the rules

Even for the occasional gardener, a little preparation goes a long way when it comes to staying safe. For a professional landscaper, there are many more things that can go wrong, so there is much more to do to prepare for the dangers of the job.

Landscaping employers should have a safety manual covering policies and procedures for each hazardous situation. It’s not only a good idea to have such a manual; it’s often a necessity for workers’ compensation claims or to convince a client that the business is operating safely.

Tools of the trade

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 70,000 people visit hospital emergency rooms each year with lawn mower injuries. Half of them involve riding mowers. It’s just from a piece of equipment used by landscape professionals. Add to that leaf blowers, trimmers, pruners, shears and chainsaws, and it’s obvious that workers need to be trained on the tools of their trade. Here are some safety tips for using clippers and hand tools.