Snow blowers have helped to make yard and driveway maintenance a much easier task. Unfortunately, snow
blower use also carries some serious risks if the user is not familiar with the machine and does not
know how to safely operate it. Even experienced users can become injured if they disregard the key safety
precautions that help to minimize risk. If you plan to use a snow blower this winter, please consider
the hazard risks and safety precautions listed below.
Snow blowers and similar snow throwers pick up snow from areas where it is not wanted and deposit it
elsewhere using high powered rotors or augers. Anyone standing around the snow blower while it is operating
could be hit by flying debris bits of snow and other small objects that the machine picks up. The greatest
risk of injury occurs when a piece of debris gets caught in the equipment and must be dislodged.
People are frequently injured when they insert their hands into the machine near the rotor or auger
to remove the debris. Even when the machine is turned off, the operator may be severely injured if he
or she tries to remove the debris by hand.
When using a snow blower, consider the following safety steps to help prevent injury:
Sometimes heavy equipment accidents occur even when safety precautions are followed. Mechanical defects
can cause snow blowers to act unpredictably and potentially injure operators and bystanders alike. In
these cases manufacturers or repairmen may be responsible for injuries caused by a defect and you may
be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.