Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is October 5, 2015
home newssports feature opinion fyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » May 26, 2009 » Carbon County News » Properly operating mowers reduces risks of falling victim...
Published 2,323 days ago

Properly operating mowers reduces risks of falling victim to lawn related mishaps, injuries

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

USU Extension writer.

Hospital emergency rooms treat more than 60,000 individuals with lawn care related injuries annually.

The majority of the injuries occur in victims younger than 16 years of age and are primarily attributed to unsafe practices rather than equipment malfunctions, indicated Richard Beard, Utah State University Extension agricultural engineering specialist.

Children younger than 12 should not operate power equipment, advised Beard. A person's body size, strength, coordination, experience and maturity affect the ability to safely operate a mower.

To improve lawn mowing safety, Beard urged Carbon County residents to:

•Review operator's manuals and manufacturer's recommendations for operation.

Prior to using mowers, people should check for worn or loose tires, belts, guards and covers.

Blades should be sharpened periodically to improve quality of cut and maintain operating efficiency.

•Wear safety glasses, snug fitting clothes, long pants and work shoes when mowing.

Shields as well as guards must remain in place and people should know how to turn off a mower.

Safety kill switches, levers or disable controls that power blade rotation should never be bypassed.

•Never place hands or objects in the discharge chute or under the deck while mower is running.

Debris should be removed from the area prior to mowing since rocks, stumps and sticks can become dangerous projectiles.

•Direct open discharge chutes away from people and never mow lawns around children.

•Never leave a running mower unattended.

•Travel across slopes with walk-behind mower or up and down slopes with riding mower.

•Never allow passengers on riding mowers.

•Disengage blades or turn engines off and push mowers across dangerous surfaces.

•Turn off and allow mowers to cool before adding fuel or working on an engine.

People should allow rotating parts to stop before adding fuel and making adjustments or repairs.

•Mow only dry grass.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

Top of Page

Carbon County News  
May 26, 2009
Recent Local News
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories

Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us