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Safety Culture: Cultivating Cybersecurity Awareness Within Your Team

As technology becomes more commonplace within your landscape company, the importance of cybersecurity awareness only increases. Whether your team is using software to schedule appointments, create client estimates or tablets in the field to take property notes, all of these have the potential to be exploited if you are not educating your staff on the […]

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Safety Culture: Mitigating Tick and Mosquito Bites

Landscaping allows your team to enjoy being in the great outdoors, but it also increases the likelihood they’ll encounter pests like ticks and mosquitoes. These insects may carry bacteria, parasites or viruses, which is why it’s so important for your team to be aware of where they are more likely to appear, how to mitigate […]

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Safety Culture: Why Your Company Needs Regular Safety Meetings

If safety is something your lawn care or landscape company claims to be a priority, one way to match your words with your actions is to conduct regular safety meetings. While these can take time or delay your start on a certain day, they also help convey to your team that safety truly does come […]

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Safety Culture: The Art of An Effective Equipment Rodeo

Whether you call them safety rodeos, equipment rodeos, or some other name, spring training kickoff events can set your team off on the right foot and ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to safety and equipment operations. Kristin Hunt, safety rodeo coordinator for Monarch Landscape Management, based in Houston, Texas, says […]

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Safety Culture: Keep Crews Safe This Winter With These Practices

If your landscape company operates year-round, there are several safety factors to keep in mind over the winter, especially if you’re in the snow removal business. Some of these threats include slips and falls, cold-related illnesses and injuries and accidents related to snow blowers. Slips and Falls Managing slips and falls is a major concern […]

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Protecting Your Business: Safety Practices to Adopt from the Construction Industry

The construction industry faces many threats that put its workers at risk and as a result, more construction firms are investing in a culture of safety to protect their employees. Each year, the Associated General Contractors of America awards construction firms that excel in safety performance with Construction Safety Excellence Awards. These winners aren’t selected […]

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Safety Culture: Avoiding Electrical Hazards

Electrocution is the sixth leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, according to the CDC. In the landscape industry, these deaths be a result of coming into contact with underground or overhead electrical lines. Fatalities also stem from the use of power tools and portable generators or installing and maintaining the electrical components […]

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Protecting Your Business: Focus on Safety Training When Onboarding

Statistically, the first six to 12 months with a landscape company are the most dangerous period for new employees. By taking the time to ensure proper safety training from the start, you can help lower this high incidence level for your new hires. While it may seem like common sense to include safety training in […]

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Safety Culture: Minimize Distracted Driving

As a lawn or landscape company, you have crews leaving your headquarters every day driving to various jobsites. While simply towing a trailer has its own set of risks, distracted driving increases the likelihood of an accident occurring. “A distracted driver is much more likely to be involved in an accident than one who is […]

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Safety Culture: Step Up Your Ladder Safety

Ladders can be used for a number of tasks in the landscape industry, including pruning trees, cleaning gutters, installing holiday décor, or installing/maintaining interior plantscaping. Even a fall from a relatively low height can result in painful and permanent injuries. According to OSHA, ladders are number four in the top 10 standards most frequently cited […]

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