Sam Steel, Author at National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Author: Sam Steel

Sam Steel is NALP's safety advisor.

Factors Causing Mulch Fires

Spring mulching season has been well underway over the past month or so. Your customers appreciate a good quality mulch that improves the overall look of their home’s landscape. But keep in mind several simple rules to prevent mulch from smoldering, catching fire, and potentially resulting in considerable damage to residences and buildings. Excess Mulch […]

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New Technology May Require New Safety Awareness and Training

With the onset of 2021, I have now been around the safety and health management field for 55 years! I know I am giving away my age to our readers, but it all began with safe tractor driving programs for my high school agriculture/horticulture students and FFA club members in 1966. Today, I continue spreading […]

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Pay Close Attention to CFR 1926.1053: This Safety Standard Is Often Cited by OSHA Inspectors

Year after year, inspections involving unsafe ladder use makes it to the top 10 list of most often cited workplace violations that are written up by OSHA inspectors. And, once the citation has been written, next comes the monetary fine for a serious violation. At just under $14,000 per violation, the unsafe practices that were […]

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Safety Stand-Down Week Draws Attention to Slips, Trips and Falls

May 2-6, 2016, is the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. While the OSHA event is directed primarily at the construction industry, landscape professionals can benefit year-round from the tremendous safety information provided by OSHA on fall prevention and posted on the NALP-OSHA Alliance page. The primary emphasis is slips, trips and falls […]

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