Work Safe, Not Sloppy  

June is National Safety Month, but we believe in practicing safe work all year.

Back to the Basics: Top 5 Tips   |   Most Common Landscaping Injuries

  PPE for All Jobs  

Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a key factor in preventing injuries.
Ear Protection   |   Safety Vests   |   Eye Protection   |   Hand Protection   |   Arbor Safety Kits

 Ear Protection 

Hearing loss is irreversible, wear quality PPE.

Company policy should require ear protection to be used in the following work areas: trimming, chain saw and power cutter operation, mowing, tilling and brush cutting, all motorized equipment operation, shop technician workplace and job sites where technicians work, especially welding and grinding operations.

Keep PPE readily available and ensure proper fit. Show employees how to properly maintain and store their PPE and how to inspect PPE for wear, tear, and malfunctions, and how to get it replaced.

 Safety Vests 

InVEST in Compliance

Class 1 ANSI Safety Vest  For workers where traffic is traveling at or below 25 mph, and work is taking place at a safe distance from a roadway. For Example: home and sidewalk yard maintenance in a small residential neighborhood.

Class 1 ANSI Vest Requirements -- Safety yellow or safety orange, and have a minimum of 155 square inches of reflective tape. These reflective strips must go around the middle of the vest as well as over the shoulder. 

Class 2 ANSI Safety Vest  For working environments on a roadway where traffic is moving up to 50 mph. For Example: construction crews, highway maintenance, and some commercial turf care

Class 2 ANSI Vest Requirements -- at least 775 inches of safety yellow or safety orange background material and 201 square inches of reflective striping. 

Class 3 ANSI Safety Vest  For people working near roadways where traffic is traveling in excess of 50mph, or operators working in blizzardous or other hazardous weather conditions where visibility is at a minimum. For Example: snow blower and snowplow operators

Class 3 ANSI Vest Requirements --  1,240 inches of safety yellow or safety orange background and 310 square inches of reflective striping, these often resemble a short sleeve t-shirt more than a traditional vest

   

  Back to the Basics, Top 5 Ways to...  

    Avoid Overheating

  1. Stay Hydrated, Drink Water Not Soda
  2. Wear Protective Clothing & Sunscreen
  3. Schedule Breaks in the Shade
  4. Use a Damp Rag to Keep Face & Neck Cool
  5. Listen to Your Body

    Lift Properly

  1. Keep a Wide Stance
  2. Don't Bend at the Back, Only Hips and Knees
  3. Don't Lean or Slouch
  4. Keep the Load Close to Your Body
  5. Don't Lift Above Your Shoulders

    Avoid Mower Roll-Overs

  1. Make Sure ROPS are Active
  2. Use Your Seat Belt
  3. Don't Operate on Slopes more than 15˚
  4. Use a Trimmer to Mow Close to Water
  5. Follow Manufacturer Guidelines

 Eye Protection 

Avoid being 1 of 2000 DAILY eye injuries in the U.S.

Eye and face protection is imperative for a number of day to day functions including but not limited to:

  • mixing and applying chemicals
  • trimming and edging sidewalks
  • chain saw and power cutter operation
  • mowing and brush cutting
  • pruning, trimming, & cutting trees
  • welding and grinding operations

Especially when working with chemicals it's important to have a fully stocked first-aid kit on hand and an eyewash station. MSDS forms will provide complete details for proper PPE.

Keep PPE readily available and ensure proper fit. Show employees how to properly maintain and store their PPE and how to get it replaced. Don’t skimp on quality, PPE must comply with ANSI Z87.1

 Hand Protection 

Pick the right glove for the job at hand

Mowing, Trimming, Blowing, Using Handheld Equipment
Glove:   Lightweight nylon with abrasion-resistant coating
Why:     To reduce skin rubbing and minimize hand slippage

Cutting, Pruning & Trimming Prickly Branches and other Wood
Glove:   Leather or Cloth with palm coatings, but these only provide palm protection, not full hand
Why:     To prevent punctures, stabs, cuts, and scrapes

Laying or Handling Concrete Blocks or Bricks
Glove:   Premium Latex, Heavy-Duty Nitrile, Leather
Why:     To provide abrasion-resistance and in some casing padding

Miscellaneous 
Glove:   Premium Latex, Nitrile, Mechanic, Kevlar
Why:     To have on hand for any situation 

   

  Most Common Landscaping Injuries  

Do you have supplies to prevent these?

1. Cuts and amputations from plants or equipment

2. Heat and cold stress from working primarily outside in all types of weather

3. Overexposure to harmful chemicals from pesticides used on soil

4. Injuries from falls caused by doing work in trees or cranes

5. Hearing loss from noisy equipment

6. Overexertion from lifting heavy equipment

7. Electrocution from overhead power lines

 Arbor Safety Kits 

The Height of Convenience

Whether you're a hobbyist or arborist, when you spend more time with your head in the clouds than your feet on the ground, you know head and face protection is at the top of the list. That's why some of the top brands in the industry have created custom kits to make sure all your safety equipment is in one place.

Don't miss out on these top-rated helmets, earmuffs, & face shields all packed up and ready to hit the ropes.

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The provided information reflects industry best practices and Russo Power Equipment is not responsible or liable for any accidents as a result of action taken from this page.