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Safety

Identify and Eliminate Safety Risks with Job Hazard Analyses

Operating safely on the jobsite protects employees, reduces downtime and decreases the number of costly accidents. One step to take to become a safer company is to conduct a job hazard analysis (JHA) for specific tasks, outline the potential hazards presented and how to eliminate or mitigate these threats. Lawn care and landscaping tasks have […]

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Landscape Companies with Low Experience MODs Do These 5 Things

Landscape companies with a low Experience Modification Rating (XMOD/EMR) typically exhibit similar best practices when dealing with work-related injuries. Their proactive approach helps close claims faster and return employees to work sooner than their counterparts. The XMOD/EMR is a unique number assigned to a business that is made up of their historical loss figures and […]

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Heat Safety: Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke

Excerpted from the July/August issue of The Landscape Professional magazine Rolling into the dog days of summer, heat will be a constant factor your crews out in the field will face. When the human body is unable to maintain a normal temperature, heat illnesses can occur and may result in death. Workers can become overheated […]

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Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace

Safety is paramount to landscape and lawn care companies. However, one aspect of safety that can be overlooked is mental wellness. While it’s not as visible as not wearing proper PPE, neglecting mental health is just as serious. Poor mental health can result in negative job performance, communication breakdowns with co-workers, and unsafe actions on […]

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National Safety Month: Recommit to Driver Safety

June marks National Safety Month and one safety aspect to consider is refocusing efforts on making sure that your fleet is practicing safe driving. According to the National Safety Council, every seven seconds someone is injured in a car crash and every 15 minutes someone is killed in one. Workplace policies and employee education can […]

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Leveling up Your Safety Awards

Showing clients that you are a safe company is now more important than ever. The Safety Recognition Awards are a way to benchmark your safety performance and improve your safety practices, and they can also provide recognition for your employees for a job well done. In order to enter for the Safety Recognition Awards, you […]

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5 Ways Belknap Landscape Prioritizes Safety in Landscaping

Safety is a lot of work. But Belknap Landscape Co., in Gilford, New Hampshire, prioritizes safety, making it an every day part of doing business. “The most important reason that safety is so critical is that we want our employees to go home in the same condition—if not better—each day,” says Angie Carignan, human resources […]

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Safe Driving & Cell Phone Usage

Unfortunately, more than 80 percent of the nation’s 94 million cell phone owners use them while driving (at least sometimes). Today, safe driving means knowing the rules around cell phone usage when driving. In the past few years, cell phone usage has been an issue in several lawsuits, and employers may be held responsible if […]

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Cut Fleet Costs: 8 Proactive Steps for Landscape Pros

For many landscape fleets in the U.S., time—and tracking how employees are using their time—is at the core of how the business is built. If employees are not working a site, they’re driving to or from a site, or taking a break. It’s determining how these increments of time add up that is critical for […]

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Safety Tip of the Week: How to Combat Heat-related Illnesses

North American summers are hot. Most summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the U.S. As a result, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the U.S., contibuting to hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. Here’s a look at what’s in store for summer temperatures across […]

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