Stand On Mower Safety Tips

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Mower Safety tips

Careful use of a mower protects the safety of the equipment operator and provides better mowing results. Below are some safety tips to help you ensure safe equipment operation.

General safety tips

  • Read and understand your operator’s manual before operating the mower.
  • Add fuel to the tank outdoors before starting the machine. Do not add gasoline to an engine that is hot or already running.
  • The appropriate apparel should be worn when operating a mower. This includes and is not limited to: significant footwear, long pants, eye and hearing protection.
  • Never allow passengers on ride-on mowers.
  • Before leaving the operator’s position, even momentarily, turn off the blade clutch engagement switch and apply the parking brake. Promptly return to the mower.
  • Turn off the blade clutch engagement switch, apply the parking brake, stop the engine and remove the key when the mower will be unattended for a longer period.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Look behind you before backing up and take your time around corners and blind spots. 

Preparing the area to be mowed

  • Pick up stones and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries and damage from flying objects.
  • Locate potential hazards such as ditches, drop-offs or embankments before starting.
  • Make sure the area is free of pets and children, and that you are aware of all crew members on site. 

Operating the mower on slopes

  • Consult your owner’s manual to learn the limitations for what degree of slopes can be mowed safely.
  • Remember to consider your comfort level and environment when deciding from what angle to approach a slope to mow.
  • Don’t operate the mower on slopes steeper than you feel comfortable with when considering your abilities and the traction.
  • Travel across the grade of the slope whenever possible. Avoid mowing in an up or down pattern.
  • Reduce speed on slopes.
  • Be especially cautious when changing your direction on slopes.

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