3 Landscaping Machines That Bite

Landscaping machines cause many injuries. In this podcast, hear about the three biggest culprits, and how to stay safe around them.

Dan Clark tells about this trio of noisy tools and their obvious—and not so obvious—dangers.

Listen to hear things you may not know about lawnmowers, weed whackers and wood chippers.


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Dan Clark: Landscapers face many hazards, but three monster machines are responsible for the most injuries. We go toe to toe with them in this podcast.

Hello, I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, tackling health and safety hazards in today’s demanding industrial and construction worksites, a of service of Creative Safety Supply. I put the manager a headlock for special offer. If you make an order at creativesafetysupply.com, use coupon code BIG10. It saves you 10%, and lets them know I sent you.

The 3 landscaping machines that bite—that dole out the most pain—are lawnmowers, weed whackers and wood chippers. Partly because they’re the most used.

For all three of these devils:

• Use the right PPE, including hearing and eye protection.
• Don’t wear loose fitting clothing—clothing that might get caught in moving parts.
• Tie back long hair.
• Don’t wear jewelry.
• Work only in daylight.

Let’s stare down the individual hazards:


• Make sure all guards are in place. The only unguarded side should be the bottom.

• Inspect the mower before you use it. The blade (or blades) should be sharp.

• Clear the site of rocks and sticks before you mow. They turn into speedy missiles if you don’t.

• If it’s a riding mower, avoid sharp turns on slopes.

2. WEED WHACKERS – you may know them as weed whips and string trimmers.

• Remove debris that could be kicked up by the tool.

• Wear thick boots and long pants.

• Don’t raise the end of the whacker above your waste.


• Check that the emergency shutoff actually works.

• Run the chipper at low speed at first make to sure it sounds okay.

• With limbs or brush, put the butt end in first.

• Stand to the side.

• Don’t reach into the hopper.

• Use a long stick to push short material through.

• And my tip: don’t watch the movie Fargo the night before.

When refueling gas powered gear, make sure it’s cooled off. Do it outside, on the ground. Gas cans should be clearly labeled two cycle or four cycle.

That’s all for this episode, 3 Landscaping Machines That Bite. Come back for more ways to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements. I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, a service of Creative Safety Supply. Save 10% off your entire order at creativesafetysupply.com with coupon code BIG10.


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