Lawn Mower Accident Statistics

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    Lawnmowers are one of the most common tools you will find in every garage or shed – but they can be surprisingly dangerous! Our team compiled a list of 20 lawnmower accident statistics so you know everything there is to know about push and riding lawnmowers.

    Usage Facts

    • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be at least 12 years of age to operate a walk-behind power mower or hand mower safely and 16 years of age to operate a riding lawn mower safely. (healthychildren.org, 2018)
    • In 2003, in response to the rising toll of these accidents, the mower industry adopted a voluntary standard for riding mowers. It requires the blades to stop spinning when the mower moves in reverse. (
      NBC News, 2019)

    Damage Statistics

    • In the U.S., more than 9,000 children go to the emergency room for lawn mower-related injuries every year. (healthychildren.org, 2018)
    • In 2016, more than 86,000 adults and 4,500 children in the U.S. were treated in emergency departments for injuries related to lawn mowers. (aaos.org)
    • The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates more than 37,000 Americans suffer a power mower-related injury each year. (foothealthfacts.org)
    • On average every day in the United States, 13 children receive emergency treatment for a lawn mower-related injury. (sciencedaily.com, 2017)