any long term health risks?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by The Curious Porpoise, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
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    are there any known long term health risks that landscapers face? i was just thinking the other day, breathing in all those gas fumes from my mower can't be helpin' my chances of dodging cancer

    while "opinions" and "guesses" are welcome, i'd be interested in some cold hard facts like any studies that have been conducted...
     
  2. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No cold hard facts but.... Back problems are the number 1 problem for landscapers IMO. Been there done that!
    For the LCO/L scaper... Back problems, potential skin cancer and industrial deafness, premature ageing not to mention the pulled muscles! Then there heat related problems like heat stroke and dehydration etc.

    It isnt the safest business to get into but on the other hand it is one of the healthiest with all the walking and light lifting (mowing) we do. (did see something on tv about it) Just have to manage or be aware of the potential problems that may occur and take due care.
     
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dont forget hearing....


    Wear ear protection,
     
  4. ritchiem

    ritchiem LawnSite Member
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    When operating a vibrating piece of equipment for a long period of time (trimmer, stone saw etc...) you white blood cells seperate causing your hands to fall asleep (or at least that is the feeling)...over time your hands can be sensitive to cold (painfull at times), numbness, and just fall asleep for no reason. This is called something, but I do not remember.

    Make sure to wear anti-vibration gloves to protect yourself from this.
     
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    WHAT??? SPEAK UP!!


    Yep, I think that and the back are the biggest problems. Blown my back out twice in three years. Once in the middle of a job. Kind of embarasing when the customer has to call your wife cause you are lying in the middle of there driveway and can't move.... :dizzy:
     
  6. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
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    what are these anti-vibration gloves u speak of and where do i find 'em?
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can think of a few...back problems, knee problems, irate customers, drinking too much in the idle winter months, etc.
     
  8. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    That was a summer thing this year as the EMPLOYEES were the biggest hit to my health. :dizzy:


    Num hands after operating the walk behind for a long time can be helped a lot by MECHANIX, or IRONCLAD gloves. Expect to pay for good stuff, $25-35.00.

    Look up Ben Meadows or Gemplers to get good selection.
     
  9. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    I believe you are referring to "carpal tunnel syndrome". Yep, I have a mild case of it.

    Ditto on hearing loss. I wear hearing protection religiously, alway have.

    Really though, I don't think there is anything radically different about landscaping than most other work. The "health risks" listed in this thread can be applied to many other types of work.
     
  10. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lots of dangers in this business,you have to take it easy and take care of yourself. My doctor always says "you guys that work outside live forever". He said my blood pressure was that of a 17 year old, which surprised me, considering some of the things my employees do.
     

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