Toolbox Talk
HEDGE TRIMMERS
THE LAW
PUWER Regulations
1998
Health And Safety At
Work Act 1974
GUIDANCE
Ensure that the hedge
trimmer is in good condition
and all safety equipment is
in order and working.
Check the area you are to
trim for potential hazards
like wires or other items that
could be hidden in the
hedge and clog the blades
ALWAYS wear the
correct PPE for the task.
If hedge trimmer should
strike something the engine
should be turned off
immediately and the
damage inspected.
Always use a circuit-breaker
for electric hedge trimmers
SWITCH OFF BEFORE:
 Freeing any
blockages
 Inspecting blades
 Performing any
maintenance
 Re fueling
NEVER overreach when
trimming
WHAT ARE HEDGE TRIMMERS?
A hedge trimmer, shrub trimmer, or bush trimmer
is a gardening tool or machine used for trimming
(cutting, pruning) hedges or solitary shrubs
(bushes).There are two types of hedge trimmer:
Petrol Trimmers: these trimmers can be used
anywhere and powerful petrol engines are
suitable for cutting all type of hedge, especially
those with thicker branches. They generally better
suited for larger gardens or more industrial work
and they are often heavier and bulkier than
electric models
Electric Trimmers: these run off the mains
electricity, so you’ll need an extension lead if you
have a large area to cover. just make sure you use an RCD power adapter in
case you accidentally cut through the cord
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
These are the most common types of hedge trimmer accident:
 Injury caused by someone coming into contact with the hedge trimmers
blades when running
 Injuries caused when forcing the hedge trimmer through thick branches or
growth and the hedge trimmer catches and rebounds
 Electrocution when using electric powered hedge trimmers caused by
cutting through the power cable.
 Burns by having bare skin come into contact with the engine casing
 Injury from flying objects ejected by the hedge trimmer such as broken
branches and twigs and other debris
 Manual handling (upper body) injuries from the incorrect use of the hedge
trimmer
 Slips and falls on wet surfaces or inclines or over reaching when trimming
 Falls from height when using steps or platforms
WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY?
PUWER Regulations require that equipment provided for use at work is:
 suitable for the intended use
 safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and, in certain
circumstances,
 inspected to ensure this remains the case;
 used only by people who have received adequate information,
instruction and training;
 accompanied by suitable safety measures, eg protective devices,
markings, warnings.
BE AWARE or
Health And Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employees to take reasonable
pedestrians around you care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions
FOR FURTHER ADVICE CONTACT YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISOR
© : M Crossman This information is purely for guidance and should not be taken as legally binding advice.
Pre-Start Checks and Safety
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Check fuel tank is full (2 Stroke 25:1 mix)
Check for loose nuts, bolts, screws
Check for broken knives
Check blades are sharp
Ensure there are no foreign objects (ie
wire, steel, electrical cables, water pipes
etc in the hedge/shrub)
Keep children away from work area
Hold trimmer with both hands
Make sure if you are using a ladder or
scaffold that it is on firm ground and
another person holds it
Do not spill fuel
Do not attempt to cut foreign material
Do not free a jam up with engine running
When Operating
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Hold trimmer firmly with both hands
Squeeze throttle trigger to increase
engine revs
Tilt trimmer so cutting teeth are angled
slightly toward the hedge or shrub
Proceed to cut
Minimum required PPE: