Sam Steel is NALP's safety advisor.
For much of our industry, a new season is rapidly approaching, and employers will be recruiting workers to meet the landscaping needs of their customers. Many new hires come into the landscape field with very little awareness of the risks and hazards which they could face if they don’t receive proper safety training. Yearly data […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]