Landscaping is a physically taxing job. As a landscaper, you work outside in all weather conditions moving heavy objects and performing repetitive tasks. This labor is exhausting, and can also be dangerous. It’s no wonder that landscapers frequently incur workplace injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has compiled a list of the most common workplace accidents that happen to landscapers. The administration hopes to raise awareness of the hazards that landscapers and other laborers face on the job. If you work in landscaping, these are some of the risks to watch out for.
The most common workplace injuries in landscaping
Because landscaping encompasses many activities, it poses a variety of hazards. According to OSHA, the most common include:
- Illness from extreme heat or cold
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Hearing damage
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Slip-and-falls or trip-and-falls
The type of workplace injuries you face depends on the type of landscaping you perform. For example, if you tend to lay sod, you may suffer a lower back injury from repetitive bending and standing. If you cut trees and shrubs, you may sustain a laceration from working with sharp tools.
Landscapers have rights when injured
Fortunately, United States labor laws protect you when you experience an injury at work. If you are in a workplace accident, you have the right to seek medical attention immediately. You also have the right to select the doctor you see. Additionally, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim if you wish to seek compensation for damages like lost wages or pain and suffering. If your employer does not honor these rights, you may have a cause for legal action.
Although it is dangerous, landscaping is an important and rewarding job. By learning about potential injuries and knowing your rights as a worker, you can continue your satisfying work a little bit safer and a little bit wiser.