Working as a gardener is considered a safe vocation. However sometimes accidents do happen and injuries in this type of role vary from minor to severe and can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Broken Bones
- Back Injuries
- Electric shock due to faulty equipment
Alongside these injuries gardeners can be exposed to various toxins and chemicals which have been known to harm your health. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependent on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Gardeners face many hazards throughout their working day, and it is important that health and safety regulations are put into place, in order to minimise the risks of injury at work.
Mowers, hedge trimmers, and other powerful tools can expose very sharp blades, or rotating parts that can cause severe injuries such as lacerations and amputations. As an employer, it is your duty to ensure that all machinery and tools are inspected regularly and maintain the necessary health and safety standards. Employers duties also include providing full training to the staff using the machinery, in order to minimise the risk of injury at the workplace.
Some of the tools that gardeners use are vibration tools which, in consistent use, can cause injuries such as vibration white finger, or repetitive strain injuries.
Noise induced deafness is another industrial disease which can be generated by gardening, as some of the tools and machinery used is rather loud. Your employer should provide sufficient equipment to prevent the generation of illnesses such as noise induced hearing loss. This equipment can include headphones, or ear plugs, which can help reduce the level of noise your ears are subjected to.
The use of chemicals is sometimes unavoidable in the gardening profession, which can cause severe injury. Pesticides such as weed killers, are the most common chemicals used by gardeners, which are corrosive and can cause severe burns or erosion of the skin. Your employer should ensure that all staff are provided with the appropriate protection for these chemicals such as corrosion resistant gloves, masks, etc.
Additionally, it is sometimes required that gardeners work at heights. This is appropriate when gardening the rooftop of a hotel, for instance. Falls from heights – whether it be from a small step ladder, or a hotel rooftop – can be rather dangerous, and can result in anything from a minor cut and bruise, to a broken bone.
Needle stick injuries can also be a risk for gardeners, particularly those who work in areas such as public parks or fields, which are often dominated by drug users. These injuries can be extremely severe, as syringes can be infected with recreational drugs like heroin, as well as severe illnesses such as HIV.
Gardeners are also expected to lift heavy objects such as mowers. These heavy objects can cause strains in your muscles when lifted, and therefore your employer must provide demonstrations and training of how to safely, manually handle objects with a large mass.