Spring into Safety!

iStock_000061328096_SmallFrom daffodils to dandelions, the unmistakable signs of spring have started to pop up across the Pacific Northwest.

As a result, many districts may find that their grounds are in need of attention after the recent wet winter.

During this time of outdoor repair and replanting, it’s important to remember to follow proper safety procedures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined common hazards associated with lawn and landscaping activities, which can be found here.

The chart below outlines the most common injuries that are incurred from grounds keeping, and also some viable solutions to prevent injury:

Primary Hazards Solutions
Cuts or Amputations
  • Keep clear of rotating mower and brush-cutting blades.
Hand Injuries
  • Wear gloves.
Chemical Exposure
Eye Injury
  • Wear protective goggles when using blowers.
Hearing Loss
Ergonomics
  • Maintain comfortable mower settings.
  • Use safe-lifting techniques.
Vehicle Accidents
  • Make sure drivers are properly trained.

These hazards mirror what PSWCT saw last year in our claims data. During spring 2015, the top five injuries included strains, sprains, contusions, and lacerations. All of these injuries are preventable. Please make sure you communicate these tips to your grounds keeping staff to help them stay safe while they keep your campus green and beautiful.

During this time of renewal, we ask that you renew your commitment to prevention and safety.  Follow the simple steps outlined above and reap the rewards of safety.

Click here for more information on PSWCT’s hearing conservation program.

Click here for more information on hazardous chemical management.

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