Follow these riding mower safety tips this summer

With warm weather here to stay for the next few months, you may find yourself regularly working outdoors. For example, if you work in the maintenance industry, it may be your responsibility to maintain the grounds around commercial buildings.

Using a riding mower speeds up the process of cutting grass, while also ensuring better results. However, there are many safety risks associated with this type of machinery. Here are three things you can do to maintain your safety:

  • Inspect the mower for damage and defects: Over time, a riding mower has the potential to suffer damage. If you notice any type of damage or defect, stay away from the mower until it's repaired.
  • Comb the area for dangerous objects: Depending on the size of the area, it's difficult to inspect every last inch. By taking the time to do so, you can remove potential flying objects, such as sticks and stones.
  • Protect yourself: Gloves, headphones and goggles can protect you from injury. For instance, if an object hits the blade and flies toward your face, goggles will protect your eyes from injury.

If you're injured in a riding mower accident, stop what you're doing and call 911 for help. Your immediate goal is to receive treatment for your injuries, and the sooner you do this the greater chance you have of making a full recovery.

With your diagnosis and prognosis in mind, decide what to do next. If you're unable to return to work, file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. This money will help you financially as you recover from your injuries.

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