Landscape workers provide important services to homeowners and businesses throughout Southern California. When property owners cannot take on the heavy tasks of managing the safety and aesthetic of their exterior properties, landscape workers can step to perform regular and extraordinary maintenance. While regular tasks in landscaping may involve mowing grass and weeding out unwanted plants, bigger landscaping jobs can involve leveling large areas of land, improving irrigation systems, and building walls and other structural supports.
Due to the wide range of tasks that landscape workers perform, it is not surprising that they can suffer a wide range of work-related injuries as well. This post will discuss some of the common injuries that landscape workers suffer while doing their jobs. This post does not provide medical or legal advice.
Injuries from common personal injury sources
Landscape workers can suffer injuries similar to workers in other industries. For example, lifting heavy materials or bending to reach tools can cause pain and injury to workers in any field of employment. Other common personal injury sources that can affect landscape workers are:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Electrical or machinery injuries
- Slips and trips resulting in falls
- Accidents with motor vehicles
Due to the nature of their work, though, landscape workers can suffer work-related injuries from some unique sources.
Injuries from unique landscape-related sources
Landscape workers perform the majority of their work-related tasks outdoors, and due to this unique factor, they can suffer job-related injuries different from workers in offices and interior spaces. Some of the unique ways that landscape work can hurt workers include:
- Exposure to cold and heat
- Noise-related injuries from machinery
- Exposure to chemicals, pesticides, and other dangerous substances
When a worker is hurt on the job, they may be entitled to seek support through their employer’s workers’ compensation plan. A workers’ compensation attorney can help an injured landscape worker get the financial help they need to get back on their feet and back to performing their job.