Lawnmower accidents are not unusual. In 2011 83,291 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for lawn mower injuries including 3,780 kids 14 or under according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Riding mower overturns occur primarily in grassy areas such as golf courses, community parks and sports fields and not when mowing residential lawns.
A Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) is a structure designed to reduce the possibility of an operator being crushed or otherwise injured in the event of an off-road vehicle overturn. When operating a mower with a ROPS the operator must use a seat belt to stay protected within the safety of the ROPS. Seat belts should not be used if the mower is not equipped with a ROPS so that the operator has a chance to jump clear in the event of an overturn.
Studies have found that the common control warning against operating on steep slopes is often unheeded or unknown. Warnings are not enough. Operator training is needed.
Here are some safety tips for using lawnmowers:
Familiarize yourself with the lawn mower and its operation before you begin using it. Know how to quickly shut off the mower in case of an emergency.