DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Children’s Hospital tells us a 3-year-old boy is in good condition after he was injured by a lawn mower in Darke County Tuesday.
Darke County Deputies say the child ran up behind his father, 27-year-old Derrick Kolker, while he was riding a lawnmower in Ansonia. Deputies say it was an accident. 2 NEWS reporter Jordan Bowen is asking questions about how to prevent incidents like this.
Emergency room doctors at Kettering Medical Center have seen and treated patients involved in some of the most traumatic accidents. But, they say incidents like Tuesday’s are some of the worst.
“Unfortunately, we have started to see–in the department–some of the accidents that can be very heart-wrenching,” Dr. Zachary Ginsberg at Kettering Medical Center said.
More than 17,000 children are injured by lawn mowers each year according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. And of those–Emergency Room Doctor Zachary Ginsberg says–many of them can be prevented.
“The lawn mower we should always be looking at it is a very high-powered machine essentially the types of injuries can be devastating,” Ginsberg said. “I think that it’s a matter of if you have little ones you really want to keep a closer eye on them when it’s running.”
Also, experts say it’s important parents know their kids should never ride on the law mower with them. And it’s not just lawn mowers, but also power tools and other lawn work equipment that injuries can stem from. Andy Botting says he’s taking extra steps when it comes to staying safe.
“I just bought a new lawn mower and on the key chain it says where are your kids before you even start the mower up,” Botting said. “I think that’s a really good thing,”
Dr. Ginsberg says it’s hard to say the main cause behind a lot of these accidents.
“While you could say that some of them have alcohol involved others are simply people who are very experienced and it’s just that moment of in-attention,” Dr. Ginsberg said. “I think it’s prevention, prevention, prevention. If you have a child in the vicinity put them somewhere where they can’t get access to that tool.”
And now there’s of group of at least 13 families nationwide impacted by lawnmower accidents hoping to spread that same message of prevention.