To help residential and commercial landscapers or grounds crews provide a safe work environment for their employees, and to help minimize any damage to worksite surroundings caused by landscaping equipment, Checkers offers equipment designed to do just that. The following is a list of items that provide solutions to your safety and damage protection needs.
Landscaping Equipment List
Ground Protection Mats
Ground protective matting is designed to provide temporary access for vehicles. In the landscaping industry, vehicles and mowers often need to access hard to reach areas where there are no roads or pathways. Using vehicles on unstable ground increases the possibility of causing costly damage to the area. Ground protective matting is a more reliable solution than other temporary platforms—such as plywood—because ground mats last longer and are more durable.
Ground protective mating will protect personnel and vehicles by providing a smooth and reliable surface for vehicles to drive on. In addition to offering protection for workers, ground protective mating protects sensitive agriculture from being damaged by heavy vehicles. This means that landscaping crews can get the job done without doing damage to well maintained lawns, expensive athletic field turfs or pristine golf course fairways and greens.
Most mats from Checkers feature a high-density polyethylene construction that is oil and chemical resistant and suitable for use in all weather conditions. Unlike plywood ground protection options, these durable HDPE mats do not need to be constantly replaced which is a cost savings.
Cable and Hose Protection
In addition to vehicle safety, residential and commercial landscaping often involves using power cords or hoses that supply water. Loose cords or hoses on a worksite present a potential tripping hazard for personnel, and cords can be damaged by vehicles or lawnmowers if they are left unprotected.
To protect cables, and pinched hoses, protective covers designed to house workplace cables and hoses safely are an ideal solution. Cable and hose protectors feature a ramped design that will offer safe crossing for personnel and vehicles while extending the life of cables and hoses. These safety products reduce the likelihood of damage being done to hoses and cables while also preventing workers from trips and falls that result from loose equipment.
Unsecured vehicles pose a risk for landscaping workers and pedestrians. Wheel chocks are designed to ensure a safe working environment for personnel while vehicles are at rest. Checkers wheel chocks are manufactured to comply with workplace safety requirements and keep employees from being struck by rolling vehicles or equipment.
Heavy-duty mowers or other small-wheeled vehicles are often transported in flatbed trailers for workers in the landscaping industry. If left unsecured, these heavy pieces of machinery could potentially injure personnel or bystanders. A wheel chock will keep vehicles and equipment secured when not in use, protecting people and equipment from harm.
For vehicles with outrigger arms, outrigger pads offer support for cranes or tree-trimming vehicles. An outrigger pad is designed to disperse heavy loads while protecting sensitive lawns or surfaces from being damaged.
By providing a stable platform for vehicles to operate from, outrigger pads can be used to reduce the likelihood of injuries that result from overturned vehicles. Outrigger pads also minimize the additional cost of having to repair cracked concrete slabs or driveways. Outrigger pads from Checkers feature a durable, lightweight design that makes them easy to transport. These pads are also impermeable to water and can be used in all weather conditions.
Visibility / Warning Whips
Warning whips from Checkers can be used to identify vehicles or equipment on landscaping work sites. Warning whips are available in a range of mounting options and incorporate high-visibility colors that can be seen from great distances or in extreme weather conditions. Warning whips help draw attention to potential hazards which help keep workers and pedestrians safe.
Using warning whips on landscaping vehicles is especially important because of the volume of these worksites. Landscaping workers often use protective ear equipment that prevents them from hearing approaching vehicles or mowers. Warning whip will help to protect workers by alerting them to the presence of vehicles and mowers.
Erosion Control (Ground Stabilization)
To reduce the risk of erosion on temporary roadways, a ground stabilization grid is designed to prevent soil erosion and provide reliable pathways for vehicles and pedestrians. Ground stabilization grids can be filled with aggregate or decorative stones to provide long-term access routes in a variety of applications.
GeoGrid cellular paving systems can support loads of up to 65,000 pounds per square foot and Premium up to 90,000 pounds per square foot. For the landscaping industry, the grids offer a reliable platform for workers, mowers, or other landscaping equipment that will reduce the potential for injury.
Find the Landscaping Equipment that is Right for You
Implementing proper safety equipment in your residential or commercial landscaping business will reduce the risk of injury for personnel. Having the right protection equipment will also help keep your costs down associated with having to repair the damage to landscape created by workers and equipment.
Checkers is the industry leader in workplace safety equipment and has provided reliable products to a variety of industries all over the world. Take a look at our extensive inventory and find the workplace safety equipment designed to keep your employees and equipment protected.
In a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) concerning common injuries related to the groundskeeping and landscaping profession, the Bureau found that one of the most frequent incidents leading to injuries in the profession was overturned vehicles or equipment.
Similarly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—in a guide to workplace safety publication—outlined equipment hazards as one of the primary safety concerns for landscaping and horticultural service workers.