Thousands Injured Due to Lawnmower Misuse Each Year

Posted 6/25/2018

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Lawnmower injuries send more than 80,000 people to the emergency room each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. People who are using lawn mowers are at an increased risk of major hand injuries.“

Every year I treat and operate on numerous people who have injured their hands by trying to remove something from under a lawn mower or touching it when it is too hot. It only takes a second to do major damage,” said Eau Claire hand surgeon Dr. Clint Merrick.

Merrick says that when it comes to lawn mower injuries, the most common are cuts or burns to the hand or finger. Individuals can injure their hands by attempting to remove clogs or attachments, such as clipping catchers, before the blades have completely stopped moving. Lawnmowers can also reach very high temperatures, especially in hot weather, and caution should be used whenever you need to touch it after using it.

“The most important thing is to remember to turn off the lawn mower and wait until it has completely shut down and cooled off before approaching the base and blades,” added Merrick.

Dr. Merrick is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in disorders of the hand and general plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. His goal is to help every patient find solutions to their health and wellness concerns.

Dr. Merrick received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1998. He completed his general surgery internship, a general surgery residency and an integrated plastic surgery training program at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Merrick completed a hand surgery fellowship at Christine M.Kleinert Institute for Hand Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky in 2005.

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