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Lawn Mower and Weedeater Safety

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?

Lawn mower and weedeater safety
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.

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by: Start A Lawn Care Business

If you are starting a lawn care business in the near future, you are probably already thinking about how much commercial lawn equipment to buy and how much money it will cost. After you buy the equipment, you have to consider maintenance, a truck and a lawn care equipment trailer to haul it around, and insurance on your commercial grass cutting rig.

While I normally write about traditional methods of financing landscaping equipment, today I am advancing an idea that won’t be suited to many lawn care companies. If you are looking to start a zero-cost lawn care business, this idea might be suited for your business.

A few years after becoming established in the green industry, I was servicing my lawn clients in a subdivision. I had several clients on one street. Stops with several houses are always good because you only have to unload your equipment once and drive time is minimized.

On my way into this subdivision one day, I noticed a teenager walking the street with a red gasoline container. Several minutes later, as I finised my first my first lawn, the teen was mowing a small yard across the street with a small push, residential lawn mower. Since he hadn’t had a lawn mower with him before, I assumed he was mowing his own lawn.

Later that morning, as I was exiting the subdivision I saw the same kid on a different yard. This time, he was cutting the grass with a riding lawn mower. Intrigued, I turned my truck and trailer around and visited the house where I first saw him mowing.

The homeowner told me that the kid did not have his own equipment. He carries his own gasoline and uses the homeowner’s lawn mowers. The homeowner told me that they didn’t have a string trimmer and hired my landscaping company to stop by while I was doing the other lawns to trim and blow grass off the driveway and sidewalk with my backpack leaf blower.

If you don’t have money to start your own lawn care business and you don’t have any equipment of your own, there is always the potential of using homeowners’ lawn and garden equipment to start your business, earn money, and eventually purchase your own commercial lawn care equipment.

If you want to take a more traditional route to your own successful lawn care and landscaping business, think about purchasing our complete lawn care business package available at:

www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com