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What does a landscaper do?

Under the label "landscaper" we are referring to gardeners, greenskeepers, lawn care specialists and horticultural workers. These people work in businesses or homes, indoors or outdoors.

Some of the main duties of a landscaper are to:

  • Plan, create and maintain landscaped environments, which may include flowers, plants, trees, lawns, fences, decks, patios or water features.
  • Prepare and spray chemical mixtures using various types of equipment.
  • Operate powered equipment and hand tools.

What are some health and safety issues for landscapers?

Depending on exact occupation or geographic location, the following are possible risks:


What are some preventive measures for landscapers?


What are some good general safe work practices?

  • Practice safe lifting techniques.
  • Work safely with equipment, tools, and ladders.
  • Follow MSDS recommendations when working with chemicals.
  • Follow safety procedures when working with:
    • pesticides or other products
    • power tools and other equipment
    • ladders
    • machinery including lawnmowers, vehicles, chainsaws, etc.
  • Use, maintain and store personal protective equipment according to manufacturers' recommendations.
  • Stay hydrated to avoid heat stress.
  • Follow company safety rules.
  • Know how to report a hazard.
  • Follow good housekeeping procedures.
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Document last updated on November 3, 2014

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