After stormy weather in Ohio, cleaning up will likely involve the use of dangerous equipment to clear away broken tree limbs and branches. Whenever industrial chainsaws, log splitters and other tools are used, the risks of suffering injuries that can cause permanent impairment will be many. For this reason, landscaping and tree care company owners must ensure that all equipment is in mint condition and that operators of these machines are properly trained.

Furthermore, the employer must provide the necessary personal protective equipment for the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, tree care workers must be provided with eye protection, a hard hat, appropriate protective gloves and footwear along with leg protection. Depending on the job, respiratory protection and hearing protection may be required.

However, the responsibility does not end at providing protection; training in the proper use is essential, and so is enforcement. Critical issues can make a difference such as the proper fit of each worker’s PPE and following the correct storage rules. For example, the effectiveness of items that are stored with the chainsaw may be compromised by petroleum products.

Compliance by both employers and employees with prescribed safety regulations can be cost-effective for business owners while protecting workers from injuries. However, in the event of an on-the-job injury that leads to permanent impairment, the Ohio workers’ compensation insurance program will provide benefits to cover medical expenses and loss of income. To increase the chances of receiving maximum benefits, it might help to seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

Source: lawnandlandscape.com, “Out of harm’s way“, Debbie Swanson, Sept. 26, 2017