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Death and Serious Injury during Snowblower use Occurring Due to Heavy Snowfall (Reissued Call for Attention)

- Please Use Snowblowers Correctly and Safely -

January 14, 2022

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) issued a call for attention on the safe use of snowblowers on December 23 of last year. However, METI has decided to reissue this call for attention as the heavy snowfall this year has already caused several snowblower accidents resulting in death.

As there were many deaths and serious injuries during snowblower use reported last winter (seven deaths and five serious injuries), METI issued a call for attention on the safe use of snowblowers on December 23 of last year.
However, there have already been several snowblower accidents resulting in death this winter as well, with snowblower use increasing due to heavy snowfall.
We again call for your attention. Please ensure that snowblowers are being used with strict caution and safely.
Please pay particular attention to the following points:

  1. When moving the snowblower, be very careful of walls or obstructions in your surroundings to prevent falling or being trapped.
  2. Use the safety features like the Dead man’s Clutch correctly. (Never disable the safety features.)
  3. Turn off the engine and make sure that both the engine and any rotating parts are stopped before removing clogged snow. Also, use a snow removal tool to remove snow, do not use your hands directly.

As snowblowers may also be used by relatively older people and those unfamiliar with this kind of work, please ensure that their use is conducted safely and inform family members and neighbors when they are being used.

(For more information on what precautions to take when using snowblowers, please see the December 23 release listed below.)

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