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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 16:15

Safety Concerns

Have you ever had a close call and realized the warning label was staring you right in the face? Or perhaps you’ve had that old trusty snow blower or lawn mower since 1900 and the labels are all worn off? Maybe it’d be a good idea to dig out that manual and review those safety concerns.

 

 In this installment we’re going to take a few minutes to show you some of the most common safety concerns for the most common pulley applications; lawn mowers and snow blowers. For the most up to date information on your specific machine please refer to the manual that came with it. If you don’t have the manual please contact the manufacturer of your machine for a copy.

 

 

 

Lawn Mowers

According to http://www.cpsc.gov//Global/Safety Education and http://www.cpsc.gov//...Riding Lawnmower, “from 2012 through 2014, an average of 36,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms from walk behind power mower injuries” and 35,000 annually for injuries related to riding mowers. Common patterns for fatal incidents include; the machine tips over, the victim falls under or is run over by the machine, or the victim is thrown/falls off the machine.

Safety suggestions include:

Wear proper clothing including closed toe shoes with proper grip and eye & ear protection, never wear loose clothing that could get caught in moving parts

Fill the fuel tank before starting the engine, never refuel the mower when it is running or while the engine is hot

Never start or run a gas-powered machine in an enclosed area like a garage or shed as carbon-monoxide poisoning can occur

Always be aware of the cord on electric corded mowers, do not run the cord over with the mower

Remove debris from the lawn before mowing so it is not struck by the mower and thrown out from the mower at high speed

Never clear a clog or jam with your hands, use a long stick or the cleaning device provided on some newer machines

Never put hands or feet near rotating parts and keep clear of discharge chutes/openings

Children should not be allowed near a lawn mower when it’s in use

Never carry passengers

Never leave a running machine unattended

Mowing on a slope:

Riding mowers should mow up and down slopes, Not across

Walk-behind mowers should mow across slopes, Not up and down

Do not mow on wet grass as you may lose footing or traction and/or clog discharge chutes

 

Snow Blowers

According to http://www.consumerreports.org/...safer-snow-blowing “finger injuries, including amputations, accounted for about half of the more than 3,300 estimated emergency room visits related to snow blowers reported in 2012. Back and shoulder strain were also common”. https://www.amfam.com/...snow-blower-safety states that more than 5,500 people are treated in emergency rooms for snow blower injuries annually. “The most common cause of injury is when someone tries to clear a clogged discharge chute with their hands while the engine is running.”

Safety suggestions include:

Wear proper clothing including closed toe shoes with proper grip and eye & ear protection, never wear loose clothing that could get caught in moving parts

Fill the fuel tank before starting the engine, never refuel the blower when it is running or while the engine is hot

Never start or run a gas-powered machine in an enclosed area like a garage or shed as carbon-monoxide poisoning can occur

Always be aware of the cord on electric corded blowers, do not run the cord over with the blower

Remove debris from the area before blowing so it is not struck by the blower and thrown out from the blower at high speed

Never clear a clog or jam with your hands, use a long stick or the cleaning device provided on some newer machines

Never put hands or feet near rotating parts and keep clear of discharge chutes/openings

- Children should not be allowed near a snow blower when it’s in use

- Never leave a running machine unattended

 

Additional Sources

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

http://www.cpsc.gov/

 

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) – Safety Tips While Mowing

http://opei.org/content/uploads/2015/03/Fact-Sheet-Lawn-Mower-Safety-2-gac.pdf

 

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture – Lawn Mower Safety

http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/fsa-1005.pdf

 

Mississippi State University – Lawn Mower Safety

http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p1097.pdf

 

Lawn Mower Safety Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCVbnTl-b6M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaooqW0GJkc

 

Snow Thrower Safety Alert

http://www.cpsc.gov//Global/Safety%20Education/Home%20Garden%20Outdoors/5117_Snowthower_Safety_Alert.pdf

 

Snow Blower Safety Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqp1WIXT8kQ

 

Recalls – Consumer Products

https://www.recalls.gov/cpsc.html

 

In the next installment we’ll continue our discussion with some key maintenance tips for snow blowers and lawn mowers including the ‘Look Before You Pump’ initiative.

 

If you have any questions or just want to chat please don’t hesitate to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a comment here.

 

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