Whether it’s at home or part of your job, lawn mower safety is extremely important. Together with our sister company Phoenix Safety, we’ve composed some tips for you to remember when operating a lawn mower.
The mower is a cutting machine designed to trim grass but has the potential to cut anything that is placed in its path. The cutting edge of the mower blade travels at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Even a dull blade at that speed can slice fingers and toes.
Other materials, such as toys, stones, sticks, and equipment parts, can become projectiles when struck by the blade. These items too can travel up to 200 miles per hour as they leave the discharge chute. Items discharged from mowers can cause serious injury to other people in the area and/or to the operator when there is no guard in place. Property damage can also occur from thrown items from lawnmowers.
- Lawnmowers can cause burns. The moving parts and the engine can remain hot for some time after the engine has been turned off.
- The fuel is another hazard. Most mowers have petrol powered engines. Petrol is a highly explosive and flammable substance and thus should be treated with respect.
- Overturning can occur primarily when ride-on mowers are used on steep slopes or embankments. Victims may be pinned under the mower or come into contact with the blade.
Read the operators manual
Read the instructions and then follow these instructions carefully. The manual explains safe procedures that should be followed.
Prepare the lawn before mowing
Pick up objects such as sticks, stones, toys, bones and other objects before getting started
Check guards and shields
Be sure all protective devices are in place before starting the mower. Shields and guards will prevent numerous injuries if used.
Handle fuel with care
Do not fill the petrol tank while the engine is running. Let it cool first. Fuel up outdoors, then wipe up all spills.
Dress properly to do the job safely
Wear close-fitting clothes and closed toe sturdy shoes. No bare feet! No sandals!
Keep children and pets out of the area
Remember a mower blade can pick up and throw objects with force enough to seriously injure or kill.
No passengers on riding mowers
Always say “no” to small children asking to ride the mower with you. Passengers can be thrown from the mower and run over. Passengers also distract the operator.
Do not use ride-on mowers on steep slopes
If a ride-on mower overturns it can cause serious injury. Drive up and down slopes carefully when operating a ride-on mower. Mow across the slope using a walk behind mower.
Take care of your mower
Clean and safety check your mower regularly during the grass cutting season.
Always turn off the engine before unclogging discharge chute
Always turn off the engine and wait a few seconds for the blades to stop rotating before unclogging the discharge chute.
Never leave a running mower unattended
when you leave the operators position the mower should be turned off. Newer models have operator presence switch which automatically kills the engine when the operators release the handle.
Mower injuries include deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, broken and dislocated bones, burns, eye and other injuries. Always beware that the user and those in the vicinity of a lawnmower are in danger and can be seriously injured.
Even though a lot of lawnmowers come with safety features, the machine is still dangerous and should be treated as such. Improper use could result in personal injury and even death. Most accidents occur when people do not know how to operate the mower correctly.
If you’re interested in getting in touch with Phoenix Safety, check out their website here.
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