PA Workers Comp: Landscaping Safety

It’s now officially summer, and in Pennsylvania that means it’s time for people to start maintaining their lawns. However, many people hire contractors to take care of this for them, which makes landscaping one of the most common jobs available in Pennsylvania.  
And, like many other labor careers, it’s important to remain safe when on the job. And, if you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Below are some tips all Pennsylvania landscapers can use to remain safe on the job. 
Most landscaping jobs require medium to heavy labor. Employees may be doing light work like riding a mower, or heavier jobs like weed trimming, mulching, planting, or lifting trailer hitches. Some of the most common injuries related to landscaping include back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck injuries, and shoulder injuries.
Prepare for the Weather
In the summer, the two major weather conditions to prepare for are heat and rain. On especially hot days, it’s important to stay hydrated, adjust your workload so that it is not overbearing, take plenty of breaks, and wear cool and breathable clothing. When working in the rain, it’s crucial to wear bright water-proof clothing and to move with caution. 
Keep Your Equipment in Working Order
Any mowers, trimmers, shovels, rakes, etc. that are in not good condition should not be used. All machines should be properly maintained and all broken gardening tools should be replaced. Check your equipment regularly to make sure it is in safe condition. 
Wear Safety Equipment
An important part of keeping yourself injury-free on the job is also wearing proper safety equipment. Common required landscaping safety gear includes ear plugs, gloves, goggles, and steel-toed, waterproof shoes. 
Use the Equipment Properly
It’s important to be properly trained on using all landscaping equipment. If your employer asks you to use something you have not been trained for, tell them you will not use it until you have been shown how. 
Remember, you are entitled to a safe work place. If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. For a FREE conslutaiton, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402.