Lawnmowers injure thousands per year

A new study published in the Journal of Safety Research has examined the dangers associated with the ride-on lawnmower.

The devices have been responsible for 66,000 hospital visits in the US over the past 60 months, with most coming as the result of contact with the blades or from the machine flipping over, BBC News revealed.

The five-year study also showed that lawnmowers have claimed the lives of six people in the past five years, leading College of Emergency Medicine president John Heyworth to warn garden and greenhouse fans to take care.

He told the news provider: "The risk of getting injured is low but we are not completely risk free. We regularly see patients coming into A&E with a number of injuries as a result of gardening activities."

According to Mr Heyworth, the most common types of injuries seen at the College of Emergency Medicine come from growers either running over their own feet or cutting themselves on the moving blades in some way.

Those looking for advice on lawn care can find it on the Royal Horticultural Society website, which suggests using a petrol mower for larger lawns.