As President of Ecolawn Inc. located in Eastlake, Ohio, we’re a small family owned lawn care company serving the Greater Cleveland area since 1993.
I joined the STARS Safe Company Program (Safety Training Achieves Remarkable Success) in 2006 and it’s a privilege to have received the ‘Best of the Best’ award, as part of PLANET’s Safety Recognition Awards Program for 2011 at the Green Industry Conference this past October. ‘Best of the Best’ meant that we were honored with the Overall Safety Achievement Award–Gold Performance status for the past three consecutive years.
As the owner of my company, it’s my responsibility to create and enforce a culture of safety. This includes finding and teaching the best people to work and provide lawn and landscape care to our customers. At Ecolawn, focusing on safety isn’t just better, easier or less expensive; it’s the only way we’ll operate. Equipment is on an aggressive preventative maintenance routine that identifies and corrects safety and performance issues. Our employees work in an environment that fosters safety and security with proper labeling, tagouts and aggressive impromptu and scheduled training.
This safe culture continues with the service our customers receive. Drivers make pre trip truck and equipment safety checks, drive professionally and without distractions. Technicians inspect properties and spot treat only as needed so they use the least amount of control product to get the job done. Furniture and toys are moved to avoid contact. Customers receive ‘best practice’ educational materials to teach them about the environmental benefits of healthy turf and landscape plantings, and help them reduce emissions and water use in caring for their properties.
As landscape industry professionals with continuous public exposure, it’s important for people to know we share their concern for the environment, their safety and the well-being of our employees. We have to set a good example.
The STARS program provides a good outline and makes it easier to operate a company with a strong safety culture. Take the time to recognize your company and the safety minded culture you share with your employees. Enter PLANET’s Safety Recognition Awards Program – the deadline to enter is April 30, 2013.