Tips on how to reduce injuries while gardening
- Make sure that the workbenches in greenhouses are built to the correct height. The correct height of a workbench is about 2 to 4 inches below the height of your elbow,
- Back pain sufferers should take extra care when gardening. Be careful when moving pots and tubs of soil - always seek help or use a safe mechanical aid.
- Do not buy equipment without trying it for weight, height, balance and suitability for the job. Try spades and forks with handles of different lengths.
- Ask for help. If something is too heavy for you to lift, ask for help. Also ask for help when reaching over your head to water or pick up a plant.
- Don't strain, twist or reach too far in front.
- Don't take huge spadefulls.
- Don't be too proud to use a small spade.
- Don't dig continuously.
- Don't overload the wheelbarrow.
- Don't stoop or work too far in front of you.
- Don't stretch or squat with a bent back.
- Don't bend too far or twist to the side when starting the mower.
- Don't overstretch or swing Flymo's mowers from side to side.
Video demonstration on how to reduce your chance of injury while gardening