SafetyWatch: List of string trimming safety hazards

February 17, 2015 -  By

SafetyWatch list of hazards

safetywatch_schill-8337The list of hazards in this photo includes but is not limited to:
-Lack of hearing protection.
-Lack of eye protection.
-Lack of safety vest.
-Operating close to a parked vehicle.

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

Update: Reader input

“A hat to protect for the sun.”

Tim Hall
General Manager
Quality Landscaping
Clementon, N.J.

“Here in Lake Mary and Longwood, Fla., Lawnscapes’s landscapers use a blade trimmer, not a string trimmer on hard and soft edge applications for more enhanced safety with quality results. I’m concerned about his footwear protection, baggy low hung pants with the shirttail hanging out back that looks potentially hazardous. The crew member pictured is operating the handheld equipment in a very casual manner, with a lack of concentration and determination to complete his assignment safely. There is not a happy face employee. I wonder what’s on his mind and so do the customers who always seem to be watching our teams working. Happy landscapers enjoying their jobs are usually very safe because they want to be where they are making the customers pleased with their efforts.”

Steve Cohen
Lake Mary, Fla.

PHOTO: Laura Watilo Blake

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