Monday, September 24, 2007

The Dangers of Gardening

Gardening tool injuries landed 87,000 British green-thumbers in the hospital last year, including 6,500 lawn mower injuries, a report indicates. The second most dangerous gardening staple is the flower pot, causing 5,300 injuries, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said.

The society said hedge-trimmer accidents increased by more than 50 percent in the past five years, to 3,100 a year, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday. RoSPA said actually about 300,000 people are injured seriously enough to require hospital treatment. Of that number 110,000 were children.

Men were more likely to have garden accidents than women, and -- aside from children -- people between the ages of 30-60 are likely to be injured, the society said. The most common accident in a garden is a fall, but the biggest threat is a cut and being hit by something.

Top gardening injuries

1. Lawn mowers (6,500 accidents in the UK each year)

2. Flower pots (5,300)

3. Secateurs and pruners (4,400)

4. Spades (3,600)

5. Electric hedge trimmers (3,100)

6. Plant tubs and troughs (2,800)

7. Shears (2,100)

8. Garden forks (2,000)

9. Hoses and sprinklers (1,900)

10. Garden canes and sticks (1,800).

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