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Rusty
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About to take on a lawn care round or existing lawn care contractor.

How much do you know of what Safework is expecting from you in the work place.

 

What should i be wearing while working

Hi Vis clothing

Safety/sun glasses-clear or tint

Hat -preferably brimmed

Sun tan cream applied on exposed skin

Hearing protection

Footwear-Boots are preferred

 

In the vehicle

First aid kit with snake bit bandage

Fire extinguisher

 

On the job

This section is divided into two sections.Residential & Commercial

Commercial can be a factory,school,business buildings,service station or home units retirement village.

In this situation you should place warning signs in position advising "Warning-lawn mowing is in

progress",It will depend on the size of premises 2 or 3 may be required.

A few bollards around trailer and vehicle

Machinery will stop being used if any public are within 50' (15m) of work area

A  WHSM plan has been handed into management.(Work Health Safety Management)

 

Residential

Warning signs may be used but not compulsory

Machinery will stop being used if any public are within 50' (15m) of work area

A  WHSM plan is not required on residential private land

 

All this starts from the moment you start getting paid as a self employed business.

 

Fines

Fines are in place and they go into the thousands.

 

The laws are in place so you work safely and the people around you are safe from injury.


Posted 08 February 2015 - 10:21 AM

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Great topic Rusty,

Not to sure what the requirements are nation wide on this one but some hefty fines can get dished out using edgers in summer during our fire seasons.

Anything above 36 degrees around my parts and you could be facing a nasty hit to the back pocket. 


Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:03 PM

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About to take on a lawn care round or existing lawn care contractor.

How much do you know of what Safework is expecting from you in the work place.

 

What should i be wearing while working

Hi Vis clothing

Safety/sun glasses-clear or tint

Hat -preferably brimmed

Sun tan cream applied on exposed skin

Hearing protection

Footwear-Boots are preferred

 

In the vehicle

First aid kit with snake bit bandage

Fire extinguisher

 

On the job

This section is divided into two sections.Residential & Commercial

Commercial can be a factory,school,business buildings,service station or home units retirement village.

In this situation you should place warning signs in position advising "Warning-lawn mowing is in

progress",It will depend on the size of premises 2 or 3 may be required.

A few bollards around trailer and vehicle

Machinery will stop being used if any public are within 50' (15m) of work area

A  WHSM plan has been handed into management.(Work Health Safety Management)

 

Residential

Warning signs may be used but not compulsory

Machinery will stop being used if any public are within 50' (15m) of work area

A  WHSM plan is not required on residential private land

 

All this starts from the moment you start getting paid as a self employed business.

 

Fines

Fines are in place and they go into the thousands.

 

The laws are in place so you work safely and the people around you are safe from injury.

Hey Rusty,

 

Thanks for the tips!

 

I am just starting out also. 

 

What admin/ paperwork will you carry on you for WHS? Any work method statements for each bit of machinery/equipment you have? risk assessments? 

 

Any advice on where to source these documents? Do you have to buy them?

 

Be good just to have in the vehicle. cheers


Posted 10 April 2016 - 08:07 PM

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Hmm - what a lot of bullsh!t to mow a lawn.

I'll retire to the shed before going through all that OHS rubbish.

Thankfully most of my work is residential.

 

What you really need

- hearing protection,really good hearing protection,  otherwise you'll end up a deaf old man

- eye protection so the local doctor isn't picking rocks and burrs from your eyes, or one of those full face visors if you can't handle the odd snail guts or dog bomb spattered over the face/lips/nose.

- gaiters or sok savers to keep the junk out of your boots. The lower legs harden up to debris hits after a while an you don't feel them as much, but long pants are good in places where the debris draws blood.

- a good hat, 'cause sun stroke, sunburn and cancer isn't much fun. (light breathable long shirt for the high UV days)

- tough boots that you can walk 30k's a day in and wear on the weekend too because they are "that comfortable"

- if there is too much dust, forget a respirator/mask - the lawn is too dry to mow. Water the yard and mow or go have a beer.


Posted 11 April 2016 - 11:10 PM

"Can't" is a dirty 4 letter word.
If someone says "Can't" , take the "T" off the end and brew in boiling water.
Sip on your 'T, relax, and take a look at what you've got left to work with.


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Yep I agree arfa , but unfortunately its the way of the world now days, and if something happens and you haven't got the right oh&S stuff in place it could be very very costly.


Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:03 PM

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Just started using shin guards.......love em.


Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:43 PM

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OH&S and Safe work?

 

Damn you city guys have it tough. Here we just mow lawns and use some common sense. Those that dont use common sense cull themselves. Its called evolution.

 

This is why common sense is no longer common, we protect the stupid.


Posted 13 April 2016 - 02:46 PM

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All I use is high vis shirts for the sun protection and long pants also the best earmuffs I can find. We also put a fair few traffic cones around the trailer to make it more visable.


Posted 13 April 2016 - 03:31 PM

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Just started using shin guards.......love em.

more info please? They like soccer ones or?


Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:30 PM

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Dont know never played soccer and at my age i aint about to start :) 

 

http://www.ebay.com....e/200846064961?

 

limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=107&chn=pshttp://www.indmowing...?1786-Shin-Pads


Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:44 PM

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more info please? They like soccer ones or?

im looking at getting these shinguards which appear to be the same as the ones drew is using

 

http://www.gaspares....64&GROUP=SF LEG
 


Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:51 PM

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Shinguards!! Pussies!!!!

 

I don't reckon I've done a good days work until there's blood streaming down the front of my calves. :blink:

 

Actually the truth is I'm looking at ordering these:-

 

http://www.ebay.com....=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

 

but I'll check out your links too.


Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:07 PM

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im looking at getting these shinguards which appear to be the same as the ones drew is using

 

http://www.gaspares....64&GROUP=SF LEG
 

Yeah they look more like the  ones i bought @ $36.40.


Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:14 PM

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OH&S and Safe work?

 

Damn you city guys have it tough. Here we just mow lawns and use some common sense. Those that dont use common sense cull themselves. Its called evolution.

 

This is why common sense is no longer common, we protect the stupid.

 

Ha Ha Ha - you got it Lucky.

OH&S was a sefti to the back of the head and "don't do that ya f'n idiot - you'll loose an eye"

 

Unfortunately most people trade their common sense for a Degree.


Posted 13 April 2016 - 10:28 PM

"Can't" is a dirty 4 letter word.
If someone says "Can't" , take the "T" off the end and brew in boiling water.
Sip on your 'T, relax, and take a look at what you've got left to work with.


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Been using my Shin guards for nearly a week now. OH what a feeling or should i say the lack of. My legs are just about come good.


Posted 14 April 2016 - 05:36 PM

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Hi Vis

 

Question - do you have to wear hi vis clothes?  (legally)

 

South Lake Macquarie NSW area

 

thanks


Posted 18 December 2016 - 09:53 AM

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Not sure about legally but some sites will require you to wear them.

 

And unless you buy the right ones the sun protection factor is no better than any other shirt etc.


Posted 18 December 2016 - 10:07 AM

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I keep vests in the utes. Yellow/green and Red/orange. They are cheap, light and breezy. Always there when needed. Hardly ever get used. Safety cones in the trailers also.

 

EDIT: also safety glasses, sunscreen, earplugs, first aid kits, cheap gloves

EDIT: and a box of those cheap (better than nothing) dust masks


Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:44 PM

I am a worn out and grumpy old man


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re the links on shin guards, those ones are cheap & nasty - get some cloggers , they last forever   http://www.arbormast...-trimmer-chaps/

I used the plastic ones for a few years until l found these


Posted 18 December 2016 - 07:49 PM

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Should get some shin guards....my legs are always bruised in several places!

I have clear safety glass but usually use impact rated sunnies.

Broad brim hat for sure, and spf50

Steel caps

My standard clothing is high vis shirt and work trousers with lotsa pockets for secateurs etc

I hate earplugs, peltor earmuffs for me.

I've got a first aid kit in the car, and getting an extinguisher installed shortly.

Haven't got signs but have got traffic cones.
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