Now that summer is here, landscapers in Kentucky have plenty of work to do. Trees and shrubs need trimming, grass must be mowed, and weeds and pests have to be eliminated. You may not think that landscaping is an especially dangerous occupation, but it actually entails numerous hazards. They can result in major health impacts that may qualify you for workers’ compensation.
Many dangers are posed by the everyday tools and equipment that landscapers use. Their blades can be razor-like. They can malfunction without warning. Clothing can easily get snagged in rotating blades.
What landscapers need to watch out for on the job
Even if a landscaper is well-trained, highly experienced and extremely cautious while they perform their work, they may not be able to dodge every potential peril. These are some:
- Frequent lifting
- Being distracted during equipment operation
- Unclogging machinery
- Amputations and cuts from sharp equipment
- Presence of underground power lines
- Strains or sprains
Safety measures to take
There are some ways to make injuries less likely to happen. Shields and guards should be used whenever possible and maintained appropriately. You should be adequately trained before operating equipment. Equipment should never be worked on unless it is shut down and cannot turn on accidentally.
What if you are injured on the job?
Your employer is obligated to see that equipment is safe for use and regularly maintained. If you are injured, or if you get hurt performing any aspect of your job, you might be able to get workers’ compensation to help you during your recovery.