Hi, I just found out that a local gardener that I co-op with on an estate has hurt himself quite badly, really nice older guy.
He came down out of a tree, somehow, harness broke his pelvis, pile of logs fractured his spine. He has avoided paralysis luckily but by a hair's width. He won't be out much this year from what I've heard.
Doesn't take much to change things, within seconds...
Take care of yourselves and don't rush a damn thing, not worth it.
true - thanks
easy to make a mistake in haste !! slow and steady wins the race ..
Health and Safety was a real pain when I worked in Education. Always getting in the way! Now I work much of the time I work alone it has changed my whole outlook. Find I now take on board all that I used to hate; and add to it!!!
To paraphrase teh old westerns 'the only good gardener is a live gardener'.
Too right! We all used to laugh at 'Risk Assessments' etc, but anyone who's been in this game for any length of time and still has all the bits they started with have been unknowingly 'assessing risks' all the time. The difference now is that it all has to be written down and it really is an eye opener. It is yet another skill we have that was hidden from view - a skill that has become a career for some.
I never used to worry too much when taking someone on, but it can now become a nervous few weeks - is at that all risks ARE written down and visible, or do we feel that common sense in shorter supply?
Winchester Gardener said:
I have recently employed someone and it has been a real eye - opener how much you have to think about health and safety with risk assessments, safe systems of work, ppe and so on. I think it is easy when working alone to fall into the trap of being complacent and not realising just how dangerous some of our activities are.....
I think Duncan you are spot on with your last comments: "Don't rush a damn thing...."
also remember not to over stretch if using ladders some of us can be a little lazy to move it another few feet including me! had a near miss once on top of a set of steps with hedge cutter felt it move a little and put my hand on top of hedge where the cutter was luckily just a couple of deep cuts that a few stitches solved.