Landscape Worker Health and Safety Hazards
Health and safety hazards for landscape workers include:
- Exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals with risks of cancer and disease.
- Exposure to infectious human and animal waste.
- Irritation or allergic reaction from plants or from insect bites or stings.
- West Nile virus, Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Histoplasmosis from bird droppings.
- Hantavirus from mouse droppings.
- Injury from working in awkward positions, lifting and carrying heavy objects.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures with resultant heat stress and frostbite risks.
- Injuries from work with heavy machinery, manual and power tools, and ladders.
- Risk of electrical shock and electrocution from working near electrical lines.
- Increased risks of injury from stress and from working alone.