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Safety Watch: Implementing a Buddy System

As you grow your team or deal with turnover, one thing you have to deal with is training your new hires and bringing them up to speed. Safety is also critical for these new employees. In their first month on the job, these employees are three times more at risk for a lost-time injury than […]

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Safety Culture: Stretching to Prevent Strains and Sprains

Strains and sprains are common injuries that can occur in the landscape industry, but they can also be easily prevented with simple stretching techniques. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) account for more than 30 percent of all nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases each year. Employers pay $20 billion annually in direct workers’ compensation costs. This […]

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Four Ways to Keep Crews Engaged in Safety

When it comes to the workplace, it’s essential to encourage and enforce safety among employees to create a more comfortable and secure environment. However, it can be hard to keep your employees engaged in safety training. When your employees are not committed to establishing a safe work atmosphere, they put themselves and their co-workers at […]

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Safety Culture: How to Run Effective Safety Training Across Multiple Locations

If your lawn or landscape company has multiple locations, whether it’s a few cities or a few states over, consistency can be a challenge to ensure that each team receives the same level of safety training. Individual instructors have their own experiences, capabilities and biases so trainees at different locations can receive different messages. You […]

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Technically Speaking: Identifying and Avoiding Poisonous Plants 

Landscape crews are far more likely to encounter poisonous plants than the general population so it’s important they know how to identify and reduce their exposure to them. According to OSHA, 85 percent of the population develops an allergy if exposed to poison oak, poison ivy or poison sumac. Even if a worker didn’t have […]

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Recommended Practices for Preventing Heat Illnesses

In October 2021, OSHA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. The ANPRM cites a high risk of heat-related illnesses and a significant number of workplace violations in a variety of industries including landscaping. “While heat illness is largely preventable and commonly […]

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OSHA Initiates Enforcement Program for Completion of OSHA Forms 300, 301 and 300A

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulations. OSHA released the “pre-publication” version of its proposed rulemaking (NPRM) intended to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” OSHA is initiating an enforcement program that identifies employers who failed to submit Form 300A […]

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Safety Culture: Creating A Strong Return to Work Program

Having a strong return to work program at your company is always a good idea, but with workers’ comp costs predicted to rise in the near future, this practice is even more pertinent. A return to work program allows an injured worker to remain at work in a temporary or light duty capacity while recovering […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Engaging Safety Culture 

Monarch Landscape Management, based in Houston, Texas, sends out 180 employees into the field every day. Because their staff is their biggest asset, Monarch works hard to keep their team members safe. Every year Monarch looks at the company as a whole and chooses an initiative they want to take to the next level. Several […]

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Business Smarts: Preparing for Rising Workers’ Comp Costs

Inflation isn’t just affecting the price of materials and employees’ wages. It is also predicted to impact workers’ comp costs as rising expenses are impacting it on several different levels. “Insurance carriers are having to offset that potential cost into their premium so we think by 2023 we’ll start to see the impacts from those […]

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