Man injured in lawnmower accident in Madison County
A man was rushed to the hospital Monday evening after a lawnmower accident in Madison County.
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Mower Accident Statistics
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission it is estimated that there are about 12,000 serious injuries caused by ride-on mowers each year with fatalities ranging from 30 to 50.
Nearly all deaths were caused by mowing on hillsides or near water where the operator lost control and the mower rolled over onto the operator, or into water, trapping and drowning the operator.
How many of these could have been prevented if the mower was equipped with a pedal operated braking system just like automobiles? Safety for Operators. How does the safety of your employees concern you? How about your family members that mow your lawn every week? With Zero Turn Mower sales increasing at an incredible rate, nearly all contractors and most home owners are converting to zero turning radius mowers. With hydrostatic controls that are very different to that of conventional mowers, learning a new machine can be a potential hazard.
With machine weights from 500 to almost 1800 pounds, the increased mass rolls down slopes and hills at an incredible rate. How does it stop? By pulling on the handles and going to reverse..? Front Brakes are the answer, and it needs to be implemented now.