With the winter weather giving way to warmer temperatures, people are seeing more landscaping trucks in their neighborhoods. Landscapers perform various tasks on homeowners’ properties — whether it is mowing lawns, planting trees or shrubs or installing and maintaining irrigation equipment. However, they must be aware of the work hazards they may face as they work during the spring and summer months.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Landscape and Horticultural Services lists a serious of potential hazards that landscapers face while on the job. These include cuts and amputations; electrocution; ergonomic-related injuries; eye injuries; hearing loss; heat-related illnesses; lifting and awkward postures; exposure to pesticides and chemicals; and slips, trips and falls. These may result in either serious injury or death.
Recently, OSHA worked with landscaping industry groups and companies in sponsoring a series of stand-down events in the southeastern U.S. to make employees aware of the hazards that may occur. During these stand-downs, employers stopped work in order to properly train their employees on working safely. OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer told WorkersCompensation.com, “Employers who train their workers and implement effective safety and health programs can reduce the risks of workers being injured on the job. Educational events such as these are valuable tools in helping to assure a safe workplace for everyone.”
Some of the recommendations that OSHA has made in preventing job-related hazards from occurring include:
- Wear protective clothing. This includes boots with traction soles, ear protection, goggles and protective gloves
- Stay clear of moving blades, such as tiller and brush-cutting blades, when they are in operation.
- Use safe lifting techniques. If the equipment is too heavy for one person to lift, ask for help.
- Be sure to stay hydrated, especially during very hot days. Take rest breaks and, when possible, stay in the shade.
- Keep the job site clean.
If you or a loved one has sustained a landscaping or other workplace injury, it is important to contact an experienced Workers Compensation and personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Rinaldo Law Group are skilled New Jersey Workers Compensation and personal injury lawyers who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today at 1-833-RINALDO to schedule a free initial consultation.