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Impressive garden injurys and how to avoid them.


 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:09 pm    Post subject: Impressive garden injurys and how to avoid them. Reply with quote

What is the worst injury you've ever suffered while gardening, and what advise would save others from having to share the experience? Go on, let's share information on this one, it might deter a few would be gardeners, but think of the pain it could save the rest of us!

Mine was a damaged neck and shoulder, after raking the moss from both lawns for 3 days in a row. :oops: Now I know the job has to be done bit by bit, or idealy, by someone else!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I completely wrecked my right thumb years ago from using a secateurs for too long a stretch....
I then heard a very good tip on a gardening programme ) about buying secateurs and I have never had the problem again.
Here's the tip:
When buying a new pair of secateurs, hold them in your hand, and let them spring open to the full extent. If that puts a strain on your thumb, that size is too big for you, and you should buy a smaller pair.
This may only be a problem for women or those with smaller hands.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a hernia and very severe back strain from lifting trays of underwater plants in my pond.

Recommendation: Don't think you're as young as you used to be and thinking that, if something's extremely heavy, that mind over matter will overcome, is sometimes not a wise thing to do.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stood on a rake and got clocked in the face with the handle.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whilst pulling up an old tree stake that I thought would come up easily, I clamped it in a bear hug and pulled up sharply.
Result torn chest muscles.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:47 pm    Post subject: Numerous injuries to avoid Reply with quote

I always use neoprene gloves, the kind doctors use and put my fingers in vaseline before putting them on. A lady I know got pricked by a rose thorn and she was working with manure. She got flesh eating disease which is rare but possible. Suggest getting a tetanus shot every 10 years as there's bacteria in the soil that will infect any wound. Have a good bacterial scrub soap and nail brushes at the sink after every gardening job.
Have safety glasses, as getting anything in the eye is also a magnet for infection. I'm using a shredder and have both face mask for the dust and eye wear. So far have not buzzed off any fingers! Don't hand weed too much. You'll get carpal tunnel syndrome, waking up at night and not being able to feel your hands from the elbow down.
We have poison ivy which gives you weeping oozing sores{url]http://poisonivy.aesir.com/view/rashes.html[/url] if you even touch it and it's everywhere in the bush in Canada. We also have poisonous snakes and spiders. In Ireland, I have to do a skurton (sic) check, these are tiny tics or lice is it? that march up your skin and stick to you. Have a magnifying glass to check you're not trying to pull out a freckle instead of a skurton.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:35 pm    Post subject: hayknife Reply with quote

Years ago i was working in the bog, veggie garden that we had,I forgot to stick the hayknife back in the bog, and walked back on it ,it cut through the side of my foot went to the local doc had to have 3 stitches to the side of my foot the clown had no local anesthetic,so I had lots of pain and stinging.That was the end of my bog days and I have never looked at a hayknife since.

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not totally garden related but years ago I speared my foot with a pitchfork whilst mucking out a stable. My father did the same thing in his youth. Ah, inter-generational stupidity Laughing
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