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Avoiding common landscaping injuries

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | workers' compensation, workplace injuries

Landscaping in California presents many dangers. Those working in this field must be aware of hazards on the job to take steps to prevent injuries. Here are some of the most common landscaping workplace injuries.

Slips and falls

A fall may occur at the same level when a worker trips or slips on a wet or slick surface. A fall from a higher elevation may happen when working in a tree or using a ladder. Slips and falls can lead to fractured bones, bruises and sprains. Proper footwear and ensuring equipment is in good condition can help prevent slips and falls.

Injuries from equipment

Using landscaping equipment can be hazardous. Workers can get cut or bruised when mowing, sawing, digging or trimming vegetation. Wounds may later get infected. Understanding how the equipment works and using best practices when handling the equipment can reduce injuries.


Chemical burns in landscaping are common and can lead to a person being entitled to workers’ compensation. They may be exposed to herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, leading to internal organ damage, burns on the skin and even long-term illnesses.

Electrical burns are also common landscaping injuries. High-voltage shocks are especially dangerous and can cause significant harm. Preventing electrical burns involves knowing OSHA equipment regulations and surveying a work area before starting a job to reduce the chances of injury.

Damage to hearing

Exposure to consistent loud noise from equipment can lead to inner ear damage and hearing loss. Using proper gear is essential to prevent hearing loss and ringing in the ears when using equipment with high noise levels, like weed whackers and lawnmowers.

All industries have hazards. Knowing how injuries often occur and how to prevent them is the best way to stay safe.


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