Landscaping Work (Lawn Maintenance)

Courtesy of Thinkstock.  A pre-mowing policing of the grounds can be very helpful in finding potential hazards such as debris, holes and soft soil

A pre-mowing policing of the grounds can be very helpful in finding potential hazards such as debris, holes and soft soil.

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Did you know that exposure to noise over time can cause hearing loss because loud noise damages the nerves in the inner ear?

Landscape workers who perform work such as operating lawn mowers, weed eaters and tractors, trimming trees and hedges, applying fertilizers and pesticides, planting and weeding, and installing sod, irrigation and lighting fixtures can be exposed to hazards such as the following:

  • Contact with animals, insects and other vermin.
  • Electrocution.
  • Falls (from any height).
  • Fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals.
  • Heat illness.
  • Loud noises.
  • Motor vehicle accidents.
  • Sharp rotating blades or chains with cutting teeth.
  • Slips, trips, and falls.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Struck by (falling/flying objects or debris).
  • Weather.

These hazards can result in serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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