The purpose of this website is to educate and promote yard safety (tm) - in particular, grass cut and landscaping safety (tm) - and to create awareness toward the prevention of outdoor power equipment accidents. Also, this website is a tribute to my fellow amputees. There are over a trillion blades of grass in about 10,000 varieties around the world. I do not want one individual to get hurt while cutting even one blade of grass.
In September 2003, I had a serious lawn mower accident, resulting in the partial amputation of my left foot. I was sent by life-flight helicopter from my local hospital in the Sharon Regional Health System to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where I had a series of extensive surgical operations. I want to thank all of the medical professionals for their care and talents. Nonetheless, I have had a long road toward recovery.
Consequently, I want to create awareness regarding the frequency and severity of outdoor power equipment accidents. I am the only yard safety advocate acting as an individual in the world. Indeed, I am the first yard safety super hero in the history of the world. Also, I am a green hero. Furthermore, I am compelled to present some lawn mower safety measures with hopes to significantly minimize the occurrences and magnitudes of these costly, life-altering, mutilating, and painful events. I want to find a cure for yard accidents, in particular grass cut accidents. I believe that the solution partially rests in the analysis of human behavior via cognitive psychology, etc. Nonetheless, we all need to improve.
Each year, there are over 100,000 lawn mower accidents. Furthermore, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that hospitals emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents each year. Estimates from past statistics indicate that yardwork accidents fatally injure more than 3,000 people. In addition, the estimated medical, legal, insurance and disability costs and other expenses of these injuries are over a billion dollars each year. I want to present preventive measures to rescue (hence, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) - a real-life caped crusader for yard safety) individuals and families from going through the dreaded experience associated with lawn mower accidents. Eventually, I want to cover the entire spectrum of outdoor power equipment and yard safety. For instance, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) promotes family and child safety to prevent child abduction and molestation. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) is also commonly referred to as Rescue Rick (sm) and The Grass Cut Man (sm).Think before you cut. It hurts! (tm) I encourage you to heed the lawn mower safety precautions and to promote yard safety. BE YARD SAFE!
Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man