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What are the Hidden Dangers of Landscaping and Groundskeeping?


Landscaping and groundskeeping is dangerous work. The large and loud machines used in the industry can create hazards seen and unseen. Working with power tools to tame unkempt lawns and overgrown gardens can present dangers of physical injuries from accidents, as well as ongoing damage from repeated exposure to dangerous noise levels and toxic inhalants. Even the repetitive motions of the job and proximity to everyday traffic can cause injuries to these outdoor professionals.

Even when considering the heavy machinery routinely used in the industry, it can be surprising to learn that the fatality rate for landscapers is significantly higher than the rate for all other industries. Compared to the usual 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, landscaping experiences an astonishing rate of 16.9 per 100,000 workers.

Common Dangers

Landscapers and groundskeepers experience specific dangers that may not immediately come to mind when considering the hazards of the job. Some of these safety concerns include the following:

  • Road hazards: Including car accidents traveling from job to job, as well as being struck while working close to traffic
  • Sharp tools: Injuries from cuts that require stitches to amputation of limbs
  • Power tools: These involve a risk of injury from contact, as well as from exposure to noise and toxins emitted
  • Buried electrical lines: Areas where electrical lines are buried and unmarked can cause accidents and electrocutions
  • Sprains and strains: The repetitive motions involved in using certain tools can cause problems
  • Heat exposure: Heat stress can cause health issues, as can sunburn
  • Pesticides: Exposure to chemicals used in pesticides and other ground treatments have been known to cause illnesses, including some cancers
  • Pests: Insects and other animals can bite and sting; they can also carry diseases

Planned Study

A joint effort among three safety and health organizations is planned to assess the dangers of tools and equipment used in the landscapers, groundskeepers, and arborists in the industry, as well as to test some solutions to those dangers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are recruiting these professionals to become part of a study meant to record the levels of noise, carbon monoxide, dust, and silica. Once the dangers are defined, the agencies are also committed to introducing countermeasures, such as engineering controls that offer low-emission and low-noise properties on outdoor power tools to mitigate the hazards. The study will then measure the impact of the changes and make recommendations accordingly.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Represent Injured Landscapers

If you are a landscaper or groundskeeper who was injured on the job, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation through your employer. If your claim was denied, you should talk with the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP. We can help you receive the benefits you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 267-589-0090 to schedule a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.

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