XVII. GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
1.0 General Lawn Safety 1.1 TAMU spends considerable time, effort, and money on grounds maintenance. From flower care, to lawn care, tree trimming, and leaf blowing, TAMU employees are responsible for safely maintaining the grounds on campus. Gardening tools and mechanical lawn care devices, such as lawn mowers, power blowers, and chain saws, present special safety concerns for grounds maintenance personnel. 1.2 Common landscaping accidents include the following:
1.3 Regardless of the type of landscape equipment you use, follow these basic guidelines to ensure optimum safety:
1.4 Make sure that all guards are in place and in good condition.
IMPORTANT: Keep pedestrians and bystanders at least 30 feet away when using powered equipment.
1.5 Follow manufacturers instructions prior to conducting maintenance activities on any equipment.
2.0 Hand Tools 2.1 Although garden hand tools tend to be safer than powered equipment, common gardening tools, such as rakes, shovels, and hoes cause thousands of injuries each year. Follow these guidelines for using garden hand tools.
3.0 Mower Safety 3.1 Mowers are the most common type of lawn care equipment. To avoid injury with power mower equipment, you must pay close attention to your surroundings. Whether you use a riding mower or a walk-behind mower, follow these guidelines for lawn mower safety:
Conduct a pre-mowing inspection of the lawn and remove any debris, rocks, limbs, or other items that could become a projectile. Look for concealed hazards such as holes.
4.0 Riding Lawn Mowers 4.1 In addition to the general guidelines for mower safety, follow these guidelines for riding lawn mower safety:
Never leave a running lawn mower unattended. Before leaving the seat, park the mower on a flat area, disengage the mower blades, and remove the ignition key.
5.0 Walk-Behind Mowers 5.1 In addition to the general guidelines for mower safety, follow these guidelines for walk-behind mower safety:
6.0 Chain Saw Safety
6.1 Chain saws are ideal for trimming trees and cutting fallen limbs into smaller pieces. Unfortunately, chain saws are associated with many serious injuries each year. Common chain saw hazards include the following:
6.2 To avoid injury, you must respect chain saw hazards and handle chain saws skillfully. In addition to general lawn safety guidelines, follow these instructions for safely using chain saws:
7.0 Power Blowers
7.1 Because power leaf blowers produce air gusts up to 200 mph, you must follow all manufacturers' safety precautions. Always walk towards your work when using a power leaf blower. Do not back away from your work.
7.2 Always wear hearing and eye protection when operating a blower.
8.0 Trimming Equipment 8.1 Follow these safety guidelines for trimming equipment such as hedge trimmers, string trimmers, grass shears, and edgers:
9.0 Chemical Products 9.1 Information on the safe use of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, etc.) and fertilizers is given in Chapter 15, Agriculture Safety, of this manual.
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