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Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 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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Health, Safety and Accident Issues.

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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Old 07-11-2012, 11:36 PM
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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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I only wear shorts when my trimmer bitch is working....
LMAO!

This is why I started wearing them in the first place, I get to sit my arse on the tractor the majority of the week. Occasionally I'll give him a hand and grab the second trimmer... lol
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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.
No way I could wear carharts and boots to mow a lawn. I wear shorts into october up here. If I were in a warmer climate I dont think I would even own pants!! Ive had my share of cuts etc. but I deal with them. i sweat way too much to wear anything but shorts doing this work. One time I was using a brushcutter attachment on a cheap *** trimmer I had. It was an after market brush cutter head. it had like 4 individual blades on it. Well they ended up getting bent and one broke off. It smashed directly into my leg just above my ankle. Pants would have helped there. That hurt like a b!tch and I bled like crazy. Soaked my sock and filled my shoe up with blood.
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No way I could wear carharts and boots to mow a lawn. I wear shorts into october up here. If I were in a warmer climate I dont think I would even own pants!! Ive had my share of cuts etc. but I deal with them. i sweat way too much to wear anything but shorts doing this work. One time I was using a brushcutter attachment on a cheap *** trimmer I had. It was an after market brush cutter head. it had like 4 individual blades on it. Well they ended up getting bent and one broke off. It smashed directly into my leg just above my ankle. Pants would have helped there. That hurt like a b!tch and I bled like crazy. Soaked my sock and filled my shoe up with blood.
I get posion ivy really bad really easy so boots and carhartts help prevent it. Not much I can do about my arems though. From april to about november I have posion ivy some where. It SUCKS but it didnt know I was so alergic to it untill I started working.
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I get posion ivy really bad really easy so boots and carhartts help prevent it. Not much I can do about my arems though. From april to about november I have posion ivy some where. It SUCKS but it didnt know I was so alergic to it untill I started working.
That sux. poison ivy is no good.
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I get posion ivy really bad really easy so boots and carhartts help prevent it. Not much I can do about my arems though. From april to about november I have posion ivy some where. It SUCKS but it didnt know I was so alergic to it untill I started working.
I have Ivy Block and some other one that I can't recall the name of.
I don't like Ivy Block because it feels nast when you put it on, but the other product is more like sunscreen - actually it has sunscreen in it.

I only apply it when I know there's a risk of touching it though.
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I have Ivy Block and some other one that I can't recall the name of.
I don't like Ivy Block because it feels nast when you put it on, but the other product is more like sunscreen - actually it has sunscreen in it.

I only apply it when I know there's a risk of touching it though.
I have tried a few thingd to help prevent it but I always seem to get it still, If you think of the name pm me id like to know, if its something I havent tried I would like too. Im sick of itching. I dont even have to touch it to get it. And yes I know what it looks like haha every one always asks that lol
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"Ivy Dry Defense" is the product. I think I got it at Walgreens, or CVS pharmacy.

http://www.ivydry.com/product_defense.php

Can't say how well it works, but it applies a bit better than Ivy Block.
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Who's the loser who started this thread?


AND HOLY HELL HEDGE! Your post count is getting near mine... good god, when did this happen?!?!?!

*hi five* for having no lives LOL
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