Great post Gary !!!
It's not only the dangerous tools or power tools, it's the elements of nature with bugs and insects and disease, and the biggest one is to stay hydrated at all times in these conditions because one can pass out, been there myself at that point last year..
Good read !!!
Last year while clearing bindweed out of a border I got a needle in the side of a boot - it was half embeded in the soil - a week later a shard of glass went into the palm of my hand through my gloves when I picked up a concrete slab - and the glass was embeded in the mortar bed on its underside - So moral of the story - eyes peeled and wear thick boots and gloves!
Don't forget the eye protection
Good post - everyone needs regular reminders of the dangers involved. Virtually everything mentioned above is in our Risk Assesment docs, but the cartoons are a good quick reminder.
Eyes eyes eyes is my message... have goggles for everyone who works with you in addition to visors and helmets. Eyes are so delicate and once gone they are gone.
Further to this thread, the HSE has just issued a statement/report about the comparative dangers still experienced in Grounds Maintenance, including the number of deaths in our industry in the last reporting period.
No of deaths compared to US, pro rota, seems much higher for us ....Why I wonder ?
Do we not look after ourselves or employees ?
See here :
To make sense of those stats, how many people work in Grounds Maintenance in the UK, anyone know, roughly-speaking?
Not as many as the construction industry, but our industry averages the same deaths and injuries stats. Not good