Risks When Hiring Summer Landscaping Help
Summer is just around the corner, and it’s no mystery to any that summertime is the season when landscaping businesses do the most work. Lawns need to be mowed, edged, treated, trees are planted, ponds are built, and pavers are laid. There’s no shortage of work to be done!
When that work becomes too much for the normal staff, many landscaping companies look to students who are on summer break from college or high school to help pick up the slack. This is a great way to help out neighborhood kids who need a summer job and to keep your jobs on schedule, but there are risks involved with hiring summer help; most of which stem from their inexperience with the job.
Every type of landscaping job has plenty of elements of danger for a seasoned pro, but throw an inexperienced worker in the mix and the risks go up even more.
However, if you keep in mind that they are inexperienced and give them some guidance, the risks can be significantly lessened. Take the time to teach your summer help about these safety tips:
Dress Appropriately for Landscaping
While landscaping, one should always wear clothing that is bright and of a highly-visible color. Believe it or not, the leading cause of fatalities among landscapers occur because a car accident. Don’t be another statistic—make sure that people can easily see you while working. There are other preventative fashion measures a landscaper must take as well: long pants, closed-toed shoes, gloves, and ear and eye protection are essential to preventing flying debris or tools from causing injury. It’s also important to avoid wearing any jewelry or loose clothing that could get caught in the equipment.
Only Use the Sharpest Tools
Despite common opinion, a dull blade is much more dangerous to a user than a sharp one. Because a landscaper must use more force with a dull blade, repetitive stress injuries can follow. By keeping your hand tools in sharp, working order, one can prevent injury while getting the job done faster and easier.
Respect the Power of Power Tools
The tools used to perform landscaping projects (tillers, blowers, mowers, and trenchers) can result in serious personal injury if operated incorrectly. Before using a power tool for the first time, it’s important to read the safety manual first. Doing so will tell a user not only how to effectively operate the equipment, but what to do if it malfunctions as well.
Use Caution While Making Repairs
Jams in a power tool or mower happen sometimes, and that’s fine. Prior to fixing such problems, always make sure that the power supply is turned off and that every blade is motionless. All too often, landscapers undergo impromptu amputations resulting from contact with spinning blades in lawnmowers and other tools.
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Educating your summer help on the appropriate use of tools and the safest clothing to wear is a simple way to reduce the risk exposure of your staff and will certainly lower the chances of a claim being made.
However, landscaping business owners should not take any chances. Accidents happen; and in the event that they occur, any owner should be sure they have the coverage they need to protect their business. Insurance programs like LandPro / TreePro offer customized coverage tailored to the needs of any landscaping or tree servicing business.
For more information on landscaping insurance and risk management, visit LandPro / TreePro.