In 2010, almost 17,000 children were victim of lawn mower accidents according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The most effective way to prevent an accident with lawn mowers, is appropriate adult supervision.
Other tips to prevent accidents with power equipment include:
Be alert for children when operating a power mower, especially when backing up or approaching trees and shrubs.
Children should never play in areas where mowers are being used. Keep children, especially children ages 4 and under, supervised indoors whenever any outdoor power equipment is being used.
Never allow a child to operate a power mower, even supervised, or ride "double" on a mower.
Keep children away from all power equipment. Never let children operate any power equipment.
Clear the mowing area from rocks, twigs, toys, wires, etc. which could be picked up and thrown by the blade.
Children must be at least 14 years old with operational training and safety education before being allowed to operate a power mower or power equipment, and must be supervised by an adult.
Child Injury Lawyer
Child injury attorney Chris Davis has a lot of experiene in handling accidents related to auto defects and machinery. If you feel that your child was a victim, call Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.