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Safety

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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Green Lawn Fertilizing Offers Employees Free Truck as a Safety Incentive

It’s easy to say safety matters at your company but implementing safety programs that are effective is another matter. In the case of Green Lawn Fertilizing, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, they have recently implemented an interesting safe driving incentive program that got its inspiration back in 2006. The company was in its third year […]

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Landscape Safety: Preventing the Most Common Hazards

Creating a safety culture requires a concerted effort from the top down to those in the field. Training employees from day one safe operating procedures can reduce many common accidents from occurring. According to OSHA, 49.6 percent of the people involved in accidents had been with their employer for less than one year. This drives […]

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Best Practices for Safety

In the landscaping industry, we must take safety seriously. The last thing any landscape business owner wants to face is an injury or an accident. So often, these errors can be prevented with proper safety training and protocols. Sam Steel, PhD, is a safety expert available exclusively to NALP members. He has seen first-hand how […]

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Safety Case Study: A Look at Environmental Enhancements, Inc.’s Safety Program

At Environmental Enhancements, Inc., a landscaping company based in Sterling, Virginia, a robust safety program is helping to keep all team members safe. HR Manager Carmen Kesteven says that safety is the company’s number one priority. She shares a few things that have worked best for them. Everyone Starts “New” One thing that Kesteven says […]

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How I Do It: Inside a Gold Safety Award Winner’s Operations

At Duke’s Landscape Management, safety has always been a number one priority for owner Eric Cross. Based in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Duke’s provides commercial landscape maintenance, commercial snow and ice management, landscape design/build and holiday display services. Last year the company earned several NALP Safety Recognition Awards: a gold level – Overall Safety Achievement award, […]

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Landscape Safety: Educate Employees to Prevent Cold Stress

On average, January is the coldest month of the year and for those who have crews out working this winter weather means employees can be at risk of cold stress, where the body’s skin temperature and internal temperature are driven down. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may […]

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Landscape Safety: Mitigating Slips and Falls for Employees This Winter

Snow removal companies are well-aware of the threats slips and falls pose their business and the repercussions that may occur if a customer slips. But what about the crews out clearing the property when it’s at its slipperiest? While the majority of the time your crews will be able to clear a property in the […]

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The Value of OSHA 10-Hour Training

The landscape construction and lawn care industry has its fair share of risks when it comes to injuries and illnesses. Safety training helps build awareness to recognize and prevent hazards on the job site. One form of safety training available for you and your crews is the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course for the Landscape […]

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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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