A 21-year-old Fort Lauderdale landscaper died after he became trapped under his lawn mower in a canal.
The landscaper was mowing on a slope when it slipped into the canal, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Two police officers pulled him out of the waterway and performed CPR until fire-rescue arrived.
However, the landscaper was already in cardiac arrest and later died at local medical center.
Here are a few safety tips:
- If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it with a ride-on machine.
- Mow up and down slopes, not across.
- Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks or other hidden objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine.
- Choose a low ground speed so you will not have to stop or shift while on a slope.
- Do not mow on wet or damp grass. Tires may lose traction.
- Always keep the machine in gear when going down slopes. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
- Avoid starting, stopping or turning on a slope.
- Keep all movement on slopes slow and gradual.
- Use extra care while operating the machine with grass catchers or other attachments; they can affect the stability of the machine. Do not use them on steep slopes.
- Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground.
- Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments.