SafetyWatch: List of mowing safety hazards


safety_watch_schillThe list of hazards in this photo includes, but is not limited to:

• Lack of hearing protection.
• Lack of eye protection.
• Mowing improperly on a slope (up and down vs. side to side), especially near water.

What did we miss? We invite you—as employers and workers in the landscape industry—to share your expertise. Email your responses to LM Editor Marisa Palmieri (mpalmieri@northcoastmedia.net).

We’ll publish your responses with the online version of this story.

Update: Reader input

“I’d like to add that hard hats are very important, especially while looking down on a mower, exposing the head to tree limbs. There are no gardeners in town that wear hard hats. My employees don’t like to wear them, but I told them that as long as I pay the workers’ comp bill my people will have to wear them.

Ronny Navarro
Ronnys Inc.
Los Banos, Calif.

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