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Can employees listen to music with headphones while operating power equipment

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Seabreeze, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Seabreeze

    Seabreeze LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Can employees listen to music with headphones while operating power equipment in Virginia ?
  2. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,849

    Solo but I can't imagine not having my headphones. Legally I don't know.
  3. Seabreeze

    Seabreeze LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Yep im the same way ..music makes me more productive
  4. Sagehen

    Sagehen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    A few of my guys listen to their iPods and whatnot... I really don't have a problem with it as long as they still pay attention to detail.

    Myself, on the other hand.... if I were to listen to music, my mind would wander and I'd probably end up running over the customer's cat. Not to mention the thought of the customer seeing me as I do my best Eddie Murphy 48 Hours rendition of Roxanne.

    As to the legailty - no idea. Common sense says that the operator potentially wouldn't hear well enough to avoid a problem... but then ear plugs would do the same. I've always heard that it's illegal to wear headphones while driving a car...
  5. mjlcare2

    mjlcare2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    It is illegal to wear headphones while driving but I'm pretty sure ipods, etc are A-okay.. its recommended to wear ear protection so whats the difference..
  6. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,059

    i've got those 3m worktunes or whatever they are called. I just plug my ipod into it and get going
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    i would be lost with my ipod. my guys listen to their ipods etc..
  8. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    We use the AO's. Ear muff radio's.
  9. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Our guys do.
  10. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,376

    I suppose employees could, however I can not think of a single reason to allow anyone to be distracted while working for my company. Accidents happen and I suspect that if I was to file a claim due to one of my employees wearing a set of headphones listening to music or anything else my claim would be denied. I believe I would and could be held responsible from a personel and business standpoint as well. Never worth the risk and loss from a completely preventable situation from occurring.
    easy-lift guy

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