The moving blades or engine of a lawn mower can cause a number of injuries, ranging from broken bones to burns to limb amputation. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 274,000 adults and 12,000 kids in the United States were injured by lawn mowers in 2015.
While both riding and push mowers have risks associated with use, riding mowers cause more injuries each year. This is due to the riding lawn mowers ability to tip and even roll over, especially when operated on slopes. Noting that many lawn mower injuries affects arms and hands, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that push mowing be limited to children ages 12 and up while use of a riding lawn mower be reserved until age 16.
Minor injuries such as cuts and broken bones may not require significant follow up care, but severe injuries may involve lots of doctor’s visits. Reconstructive surgery and physical rehabilitation may be necessary, depending on the lawn mowing injury.
Lawn Mower Safety Guidelines
Lawn mower injuries can often be prevented. Following these safety tips can help ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe while operating lawn equipment this summer.
- Do not use a lawn mower that does not have a deck or other cover over hot/sharp parts.
- Push mowers should include a safety measure that stops the mower from moving forward when you let go of the handle.
- Do not allow children to be passengers on riding mowers.
- Wear appropriate shoes that cover your feet while mowing.
- Check the yard for debris, rocks, and children’s toys before mowing. A plastic object thrown by your mower can cause serious damage.
- Protect your eyes and ears.
- Do not stick your hands or feet into the mower to remove debris or grass. Instead, use a stick or broom handle.
Of course, even with proper safety precautions, injury can occur. Lawn mowers see a fair number of safety recalls.
If you or a loved one is injured due to lawn mower defect or malfunction, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.