“This summer residents will notice that the city of Norwalk is implementing a remotely-operated slope mower for maintaining the steep hills at the reservoir, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and Hogan’s Hill,” safety-service director Dan Wendt said.
A slope mower is specialized lawn-cutting equipment used for the commercial mowing of sloped, inaccessible and large areas.
“The primary purpose of the slope mower is to maintain a safe work environment while meeting Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandates and the aesthetic expectations of residents,” Wendt said. “In addition to improving workplace safety, the slope mower covers roughly 15 times the area of what one employee with a brush cutter can trim in an hour.”
In 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 400 workplace accidents involving mowers, which resulted in injured workers missing more than 9,200 days of work.
Also in 2016, Norwalk had a lawn mower-related accident, which resulted in an injury to a city employee and nearly $16,000 of Bureau of Workers’ Compensation claims.