The accident: A crewmember is applying pesticides on a commercial property using a backpack sprayer. It’s a particularly windy day, and as he is spraying a section of the lawn, a wind gust picks up and blows the chemicals onto the worker. The pesticide gets on his hands, face and in his eyes. It causes his skin to be irritated and his eyes to burn and swell for several days.
The bottom line: Getting pesticides or other chemicals on your skin can cause mild to severe dermatitis. The employee should have worn the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and avoided spraying when it was so windy.
Not only can pesticide drift result in injury, it can also cause off-target areas – such as water features and plants – to be sprayed.
Here are precautions employees should take when working with chemicals:
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