Serious or fatal accidents in the landscape industry often involve ride-on and other types of large machines – skid-steer loaders, compact excavators, trenchers, compact utility loaders and wood chippers, in addition to mowers. Rollover, struck-by, caught-between and pulled-into accidents are among the most common.
Such accidents can be prevented when company leaders provide well-maintained machines equipped with working safety devices and when employees follow safety guidelines, use caution and are alert to the presence of fellow workers, other machines and their surroundings in general.
The following checklists can help both groups along those paths.
Note: All machine models are different, and this information is not a substitute for reading operating manuals for the particular machines your company uses. This information is meant to supplement specific information contained in those manuals. Additional precautions are necessary, and some instructions might not apply, depending on the equipment and attachments.