Lawn Mowers Can Be an Accident Waiting to Happen

A better lawn mower design is one that automatically stops the mower when an object is detected near the blades.

U.S. News & World Report
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Mowing the lawn can be a dangerous job, resulting in severe injury or even the loss of a limb.

A new review of 51,000 lawn mower injuries between 2006 and 2013 found that 85 percent of the injuries were to men. Moreover, children up to age 4 were six times more likely to have a foot or toe or lower extremity injury, and nearly two times more likely to have an amputation than those aged 15 and older.

Older teens and adults were more than eight times more likely to have an injury to a hand or arm.

"Despite consumer education programs and warning labels, lawn mower injuries in the United States remain a serious public health concern," said senior study author Dr. Deborah Schwengel, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

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