What Hazards are Involved with Using Landscaping Equipment?
April 24, 2020
As the weather begins to get warmer, many landscapers in our region will resume working outside. The landscaping equipment that workers use can be dangerous, often resulting in injuries on the job. This type of workplace accident may result in someone’s inability to support their family.
Below are some common causes of landscaping accidents:
Motor vehicle accidents: Landscapers may be hurt or even killed when motorists are not aware of workers in the area. Landscapers who are working near the road are in an extremely vulnerable position. Employers must use flaggers and signs to keep vehicles away from you while you work.
Lack of experience: Landscapers must be trained to use every piece of equipment required to perform their job. Landscaping tools have sharp blades, run on electricity or gas, and can cause serious injuries at any time. An inexperienced landscaper could be injured because they were not taught how to use the equipment.
Distractions: Landscapers may be distracted while working by passing cars, other workers, or obstacles in their way. Landscaping companies must assign supervisors to every work site to prevent distractions, train the workers, and coordinate safety precautions.
Poor equipment maintenance: Landscaping tools often have long wires and sharp blades. If the equipment is not maintained properly, workers must use more effort to get the job done. Overexertion may cause serious and long-lasting injuries. Additionally, frayed cables or damaged electrical circuits left untended can cause electric shock or electrocution.
Noise and chemical exposure: Landscapers are y exposed to noise and chemicals throughout the day. Landscaping companies must provide the appropriate protective gear, and supervisors must ensure workers use their protective equipment properly.
Do You Have a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Landscapers injured on the job can file a Worker’s Compensation claim to support them during their recovery. If an injury occurred during the course of employment, a claim may be filed for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
Workers should not assume that landscaping injuries are simply part of the job. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can help ensure that a claim is properly handled.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Help Injured Workers
If you were injured on the job, the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP can help. Call us today at 800-222-8792 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Allentown and Harrisburg.