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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.