Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III
On a recent, late autumn afternoon, I was mowing my lawn for the last time this year. As I reached the edge of my yard, I attempted to turn the lawnmower around to cut the next strip of grass. The lawnmower stuck a large stick that had fallen from a tree and it stopped moving abruptly, causing me to stumble and fall over and in front of the lawnmower.
As I fell, I let go of the lawnmower handle, releasing the spring-loaded lever that killed the engine. By the time I hit the ground, the engine was off and the blades were no longer turning.
I stood up, unharmed (but a bit embarrassed) by my fall, and realized that only the safety features in the…