As the snow that never came this year to Chicago begins to melt, small patches of baby sprouting grass appear in clumsy patches. The weather is getting warmer, and we are coming into what many homeowners know as lawn care season. While spending the weekends gardening and performing lawn care can be rewarding to a homeowner, there are many lawn care tools that can cause serious personal injuries to users, as well as to anyone nearby.
How Dangerous are Lawnmowers?
As a recent NBC News report explains, lawnmower incidents often result in serious amputation injuries. The injury victims of these accidents are losing toes in preventable accidents. What is especially problematic about lawn care accidents, the news report indicates, is that they are far from being occasional. Home machinery and tool accidents are much more prevalent than you might think.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that about 90 deaths and 34,000 injuries result from lawnmower accidents every year. Most of these injuries resulted from contact with blades, heated components of the mechanism, or projectiles shot from the mower. The most common injuries associated with lawnmower accidents are cuts, burns, broken bones and even damage requiring amputation.
Lawnmowers Injury Prevention and Safety Tips
Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm wants to keep your family and you safe this spring and summer. We know that prevention is key in safety and avoiding accidents. That is why below you will find a list we have complied over safety tips for mowing and lawnmowers in general.
- First and foremost, before cutting the grass, you should always remove stones, toys and debris from the grass to prevent injury from flying objects.
- CPSC suggests that consumers purchase a lawnmower certified, which will meet voluntary safety standards. A lawnmower that contains a label that says “2003 ANSI B71.1” means that the machine has important safety features, including:
- Operator presence control, which automatically stops the rotary blade from spinning when the rider leaves or falls from the seat;
- A seatback designed to help the rider stay in a safe position while operating the equipment;
- Special design elements that stabilize the machine to prevent tipping.
- Always wear sturdy shoes, not sandals or sneakers, while mowing the lawn.
- Lawnmowers should only be driven, or pushed, up and down slopes to prevent rollovers.
- Children under 16 should not operate a riding lawnmower.
- Protective eye wear and hearing protection is a must when operating a lawnmower.
- Children and/or pets should not be in the yard while the grass is being cut, but if they are, then they should stay at least 50 feet away from the lawnmower.
- Never use your hands or feet to clear debris from the blade, instead use a broom handle or stick.
- Never mow when the grass is wet or if the weather is bad.
- Do not allow passengers to ride along on lawnmowers.
- Only add fuel or service the lawnmower outdoors. Sheds and garages are not well ventilated, thus they cannot protect you from spontaneous combustion fires or becoming overwhelmed with fumes.
- Keep your mind on the task at hand.
Lawnmower Accident? Call Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm!
You can minimize the risk of a lawnmower accident by buying appropriate equipment, limiting its use to responsible adults and making sure children are not in harm’s way when mowing. However, despite your caution, accidents may still occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a lawnmower accident, do not hesitate in contacting an experienced warrior personal injury lawyer from Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm.
With over 25 years of experience and a bilingual staff, Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm is dedicated to providing you with the aggressive legal representation you need. We provide an initial consultation free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we win your case!
Contact Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm at 312-377-7000 today!