Lawn Care Business operators must observe safe operating practices.
If you have read our course work and materials about how to start your own lawn care business, you know how important safety is when you are operating your own lawn care business.
This morning, as I was driving to an appointment, I heard the familiar sound of a commercial string trimmer and commercial lawn mower. I detoured slightly out of my way to see if it was a familiar lawn care company. I didn’t know the guys running the equipment and they seemed to be doing a nice job on the lawn grass they were cutting.
Though they were doing a professional job on the grass, something struck me enough about the scene that I grabbed my camera and took a quick photograph through my window.
What do you notice about this picture?
Okay, I am not going to beat up on these guys. They did quick, efficient work and the grass looked good when they finished. But, they need to think some more about safety.
Long-time readers of this blog and of our “Start A Lawn Care Business” program probably already know the safety problems seemingly apparent in this photograph. Let’s start with the string trimmer safety guard.
1) Line trimmer safety guards
Look at the weedeater. Where’s the safety guard? Apart from holding the line limiter blade, the safety guard provides some protection from flying rocks and debris. We recommend not removing safety guards. They are there for a purpose.
2) Lawn Care Operator clothing and safety gear.
The guy with the weedeater is wearing shorts, low rise walking shoes, no hearing protection that I could see, and no safety glasses. What safety gear/clothing did I miss?
Look at his legs. He is getting pelted with grass and debris. What happens if the weedeater slings a rock into his leg causing a gash and then he hits a pile of dog poo that gets into the cut? (Trust me; I know about weedeaters and dog poo) I’m certainly not a medical professional but dog poo in an open wound can’t be good for you.
Hearing protection? “What?” I SAID “HEARING PROTECTION!!!” I know hearing protection is uncomfortable and inconvenient. So what…WEAR IT.
Safety Goggles? Guys who never wear safety goggle never read this blog….BECAUSE THEY CAN’T SEE ANYMORE!!! Wear safety goggles!!!!
3) Awarness of surroundings
The guy operating the commercial walk-behind lawn mower is throwing grass all over the guy who is already covered with grass from his weedeater. Lawn mowers throw things other than grass. They also throw sticks and stones…those hurt bones. Be careful where you aim mower discharge. Oh, and the guard on the mower? Yeah, he has it flipped up so it’s not doing any good.
Lawn mowing is dangerous. Use caution.
If you don’t know all your safety options and obligations, check out the CDC and OSHA at CDC.gov and OSHA.gov.
Good luck guys. Be sure to check out our Lawn Care Business program. It is a perfect resource for anyone starting out (and with less than 5 years experience) in a lawn care business.