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15-year old killed while working for landscaping company in Maryland...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GTLC, Jun 4, 2004.

  1. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    I was reading an articler in Time Magazine last week about summer jobs for teens. It said in it that recently a 15-year old boy was killed while working for a landscaping company in Maryland. Does anybody know any additional information about this incident?
  2. boonhogganbeck

    boonhogganbeck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Didn't hear about it, but it's certainly a tragedy. This is exactly why all LCOs need to carry insurance. While fatal accidents are incredibly rare, there are inherent risks in the green industry. I almost lost a thumb once while working on a landscaping crew.
  3. Potomac Lawns Inc.

    Potomac Lawns Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    I live in Md and have not heard of that.
  4. AndrewE

    AndrewE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    It was in the news for a bit. It happened on a mulch blowing truck. He was on top for some reason and fell in. The other guy there didn't find out for 20 mins. The other guy was out back mowing the lawn. The company is under investigation for that and something else but I cant remember. If is a very sad thing that happened.
  5. Garden Panzer

    Garden Panzer Banned
    from Seattle
    Messages: 313

    Didn't the D.C. sniper shoot someone mowing a lawn?
  6. gramps

    gramps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    It is illigal for a non family member to operate equipment at that age.
  7. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Heard it on the news he was working for a mulch blowing company new too the industry something happend where he fell inside somehow.
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Common sense (e.g. hiring a 15 yr old) isn't very common anymore.
  9. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    My agent tells me that sort of thing isn't covered under general liability. Only under workmans comp. From what I understand, it is WAY more important to carry workmans comp than general liability, being that landscape work is inherently dangerous.

    The way I understand it, a worker loses a thumb, general liability won't pay. Home owners won't pay because it's an uninsured contractor. Leaves the home owner and the LCO losing everything.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  10. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

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