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Effective Ways Of Avoiding Injury Related To Lawnmower Operation

October 11, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Effective Ways Of Avoiding Injury Related To Lawnmower Operation

Lawnmowers are used on a daily basis across the country by homeowners to keep their homes looking great and attractive. However, in many instances lawnmowers can cause serious injury and even loss of life. One of the best ways to prevent injury or a loss of life accident from ever occurring is to consider some sensible and effective ways of operating a lawnmower in a safe and secure way. For example, flying objects thrown up by a lawnmower can cause serious physical injury.

Use Eye Protection And Hearing Protection

One of the best ways to prevent eye injuries and reduce injuries associated with flying objects sent airborne by whirling lawnmower blades is to simply pick up rocks, toys and other debris from a lawn prior to beginning the mowing process. In addition, those operating a lawnmower should always use eye protection and hearing protection. Other important safety gear when operating a lawnmower includes everything from sturdy hard-soled shoes to the right kind of clothing. Even on a hot day, wearing a long sleeved shirt and long pants can reduce the chances of injury when mowing the lawn.

Respect The Blades

Another important aspect of good lawnmower operation is to turn off and unplug the lawnmower and wait for the blades to come to a complete stop prior to accessing the grass catcher. This is especially true with regard to un-clogging a discharge chute or when pushing a lawnmower across an area of gravel or across a road. In short, homeowners should always respect the blades associated with a lawnmower and ensure they have stopped moving completely to affect maximum safety under any condition.

Mow In A Forward Motion

Finally, when operating a lawnmower, homeowners should avoid as much as possible pulling a lawnmower in a backward motion when cutting the grass. This is a good way to trip and fall or cause injury to children playing on the ground. As much as possible, homeowners should try to mow in a forward motion as a way to reduce the chances of injury and loss of life accidents. As an added note, homeowners should follow all manufacturer’s recommendations and all safety precautions in order to stay safe when operating a lawnmower. Contact Hastings & Hastings for focused Phoenix personal injury attorney assistance when someone has been injured through no fault of their own.