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Most people own a lawn mower to take care of the larger areas of grass in their yard, but in order to trim the corners, around mailboxes, and along sidewalk paths, a weed trimmer (also known as a lawn edger) is needed.


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Itís that time of year again- the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the grass is ready to be cut. Most people own a lawn mower to take care of the larger areas of grass in their yard, but in order to trim the corners, around mailboxes, and along sidewalk paths, a weed trimmer (also known as a lawn edger) is needed.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is recommended that lawns be cleared of all such debris before a tool such as a weed trimmer is used. Goggles are also highly recommended for eye protection purposes, as approximately one-third of injuries related to weed trimmers are to the eyes. Ear protection is also a good idea, as weed trimmers can reach noise levels exceeding 100 decibels, which when exposed to for even short periods of time can cause permanent damage to ears. Adequate protective clothing and footwear is ideal to ensure maximum protection, including long pants and shirtsleeves, and shoes with closed toes. It should go without saying that small children and pets should not be in the area in which the weed-trimmer is to be used.

Some accidents are not as a result of operator error or oversight, but are in fact the result of defective equipment. Many of these injuries are entirely preventable, by checking and rechecking the list of recalled weed trimmers. Some are recalled due to faulty design or workmanship; a common defect seems to be the detachment of the trimming blade from the shield, resulting in operator lacerations. Others may pose a fire hazard as a result of a leaky fuel tank caused by an unsealed seam.

There was a recent high profile case of a man who brought a lawsuit against the manufacturer Sufix, U.S.A, for allegedly designing a defective product. When the weed trimmer designed by Sufix was used, it essentially disintegrated, and lodged several pieces in his leg. Despite extensive surgery, the man never regained complete use of his calf and foot, and was awarded nearly six million dollars in punitive and compensatory damages.

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