Gardening injuries are a common cause of personal injury claims for groundsmen. Some of the most common gardening accidents are caused by coming into contact with potentially dangerous tools and machinery, on top of the laborious nature of the job, which can leave some workers with long term injuries and ailments.
According to a 2018 study by the Royal College of Surgeons England, there were around 8,500 admissions to hospital for gardening accidents a year, a total of 25,763 between 2014 and 2017. Trauma surgeons also reported seeing a spike in nasty injuries sustained in the garden at the start of summertime.
However, for those employed as groundsmen and gardeners by an organisation, there’s an obligation for all machinery and tools to be inspected regularly and kept in a good state of repair.
Gardeners and groundsmen should be provided with full training on how to operate the machinery safely and should also be provided with appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which should prevent or at least minimise any injuries sustained.
Types of personal injury claims for gardeners and groundsmen
There are a number of personal injury claims which can be handled by our expert team of solicitors at Watermans when it comes to gardening injuries. These include:
- Gardening back injuries
- Injury caused by using heavy tools
- Noise induced deafness
- Needlestick injuries
- Falls from height
- Slips and trips
- Exposure to chemicals
- Injury from using vibration tools
- Amputations from dangerous machinery
- Lacerations and other traumatic injuries
It is extremely important not to underestimate the impact a workplace accident has on you, and your family. Any work accident can result in a long-term injury which permanently changes your life.
There may be expenses to cost relating to specialist services such as physiotherapy, medication, treatment, even trips to hospital and back. And some accidents could leave you permanently out of work, resulting in financial hardship.
Claiming for an accident at work can help with covering many of the costs mentioned above.
If you want to know more about the accident at work claim process then visit our making a claim for compensation section.
Please call us on 0131 555 7055 or 0141 430 7055 for a free consultation and we’ll be happy to assist you. Or you can contact us through our form.