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Wearing shorts pros and cons


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Discussion on health & safety issues that effect the lawn care, landscaping, tree care, power washing, snow plowing and other trades. Talks of accidents that have occurred and how they could have been prevented. OSHA rules.
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I decided to wear shorts again, because I haven't done so in years.

Wearing shorts has become addictive because of the comfort they provide, but god damn my legs are cut up from trimming, and my socks/shoes get covered in grass! LOLOLOLOL!

Every time I trim a lawn parallel to sidewalks or roads, I get pebbles that launch into my skin.


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I love how trimmers are designed to launch grass onto your left leg, it's so funny lol.
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I can't wear long pants. The only time I do is if I know I'm working with brush, or doing heavy/nasty trimming.

I bought a pair of "athletic" pants that are lightweight and breathable that I keep in the truck so I can slip them on over my shorts if I happen upon something that is going to be more than the typical trim.

The drawback is that I get a small touch of poison ivy near my ankles from time to time from trimmer splatter.

My socks? Meh. They are my "work socks" now. They are a permanent shade of dull-white with grass stains. I work to always throw debris away, so getting hit on the legs is minimized, but it still happens.


Oh, and stings on the legs from yellow jackets are another drawback. Owww.
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With temp in the 110 to 120 range ( in the sun) and humidity in th 90 per cent range I wear shorts all the time. Well a few days in the winter I will put on long pants.

I have a set of 'chaps' that my wife made for me, that cover the front of my legs when I am weedeating heavy stuff, most of the time no problems. I also have a pair of socks that I cut the toe out of and pull then higher on ny legs.

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I used to wear shorts and would just put up with the pain and blood. For a while I let my guys wear shorts too, but then I noticed the weed wacking wasn't quite up to par. All they seemed to do was beat up the weeds. So now we all wear pants.
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You know, the comfiest I've ever been at work was when I wore pajama pants.

Those are SO damn comfortable. It's like going to work in the nude.

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i only wear long pants from november to april and once the weather breaks and i wear shorts i don't touch pants until it gets cold.

it makes doing laundry easier and i can wash more cloths per load as well as shorts are cheaper then pants and i would rather have a million holes in my legs then deal with the heat.
it is at the point now that even though my legs get badly cut up especially from trimming that the skin on my legs is tougher then the leather on the boots i wear and i don't even feel the pain anymore.
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I never wear shorts. Makes no sense to me.
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I weae shorts if its supposed to be over 100 degrees. Here in NH that doesnt happen offen though. I usually wear carhartt double front work pants and a pair of my chippewas every day.
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Shorts sure do improve the scenery. Some of the places I have worked have been dinged by OSHA for shorts as a safety issue. Anyone had a problem? How did you fair with them?
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I think it really depends on the type of work you are doing.
Some people are going full-tilt at knocking down large amounts of tall grass/weeds, getting their hands dirty, and overall just fighting with mother nature.

I push a mower around a well-maintained lawn, then walk the perimeter with a string trimmer to get the 4" blades of grass that the mower didn't get. You don't need "protection" for that sort of work.

I also wear those athletic, polyester "wicking" shirts and shorts because they are SO much more comfortable. They are MUCH, MUCH cooler, and don't get sweat-soaked the way a typical cotton t-shirt does. Any sweat that does get on them dries within a few minutes - usually between jobs.

These shirts cost a lot more than a basic t-shirt, but I don't feel like a nasty slob while wearing them. The drawback is that they snag easily, so they are a horrible choice for someone doing more than just mowing. If I know I'm going to be hacking down overgrown shrubs, or trimming a tree, or otherwise getting my hands dirty, I wear something more durable (and maybe long pants) - and sweat like a pig.
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