Landscape Safety Lee Orr Agriculture Health & Safety CoordinatorWVDA
Some Common Landscaping Hazards From OSHA: • Cuts and Amputations • Electrical • Ergonomics • Hand Injuries • Heat/Cold Stress • Lifting • Motor Vehicles • Noise • Pesticides/Chemicals • Slips, Trips and Falls
Soil Preparation and Grading Primary hazards include: Solutions: Equipment Accidents Train and certify operators Slips and trips - uneven terrain Wear boots with traction soles Vehicle Accidents Train and certify drivers Cuts and amputations Stay clear of tiller blades Hearing loss Wear ear protection
Irrigation Primary hazards include: Solutions: Glue and primer hazards Wear protective gloves Amputation Stay clear of trencher blades/Inspect equipment Electrocution Call for utility locates
Hardscape Construction Primary hazards include: Solutions: Cuts and amputations Saw training/Ensure equipment safeguards are in place and functional Hearing loss Wear hearin protection Lifting-related injuries Get help lifting/Lift safely/Stretching Slips and trips Keep job site clean Struck by Follow SOP's/Wear personal protective equipment Trenching/Excavation Protective systems/Training
Planting Primary hazards include: Solutions: Lifting-related injuries Get help lifting/Lift safely/Stretching Heat stress Drink enough water/Pay attention to body signals/Rest breaks/Work and rest in shade when possible Cuts and hand injuries Wear gloves/Inspect tools and equipment before use Slips, trips and falls Keep job site clean Vehicle accidents Train and certify drivers
Lawn and Landscape Maintenance Primary hazards include: Solutions: Cuts and amputations Keep clear of rotating mower and brush-cutting blades Hand injuries Wear gloves Chemical exposure Read and obey MSDS form information/Implement effective hazard communication program that includes employee training Eye injury Wear protective goggles when using blowers Hearing loss Wear ear protection when using power equipment Ergonomics Maintain comfortable mower settings/Use safe-lifting techniques. Vehicle accidents Train drivers
Tree Care Primary hazards include: Solutions: Struck by Use PPE (eg, hard hat), know drop zone Cuts and amputations Train safe chainsaw use and wear chaps Eye damage Wear protective eyewear Hearing damage Wear ear protection for chipping/chainsaw Electrocution Comply with OSHA clearance rules Slips, trips and falls Use proper tree tie-in
Equipment training • Forklift • Tractor • Skid-steer • Zero-turn mover • Stand behind equipment • Trenchers • Other earthmoving equipment
Slips, trips and falls • Practice ladder safety • HOUSEKEEPING!!! • A clean shop is a safe shop.
Cuts and amputations • Keep all guards in place • Replace damaged guards • Do not service/clear running equipment or machinery.
Electrocution • Contact utilities before digging. • Communicate the electrical hazards with employees. • Be aware of overhead power lines.
Eye Injuries • Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly three out of five workers are injured while failing to wear eye and face protection.
Safety Glasses • If you buy cheap, goofy looking safety glasses, nobody is going to use them. • Spend the extra money. • Buy tinted glasses for outdoor use.