safety culture Archives - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

We recently updated our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use this website, you acknowledge that our revised Privacy Policy applies.

safety culture

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Safety Culture: Methods to Lower Your Experience Mod

When it comes to insurance, your experience modification (mod) is a factor you receive annually based on your historical claims for workers’ compensation and your payroll. Those two are compared with the national averages and you receive a number either below or above one. An experience mod below one means you’re doing better than the […]

Read More

Safety Culture: Practicing Lockout/Tagout Procedures When Servicing Equipment

As cleaning, maintaining and repairing equipment is a normal part of a lawn or landscape company’s operations, it’s important to practice lockout/tagout procedures during these tasks. Lockout means placing a lock on a machine to prevent it from unexpectedly starting or energizing during service or repair. A lock might also prevent stored energy from being […]

Read More

The Urgency for Doing Safety Differently in Landscaping – Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention

Guest content by Chris Lingard, director of risk and safety at HeartLand, LLC With 20+ years in health and safety, this profession still fascinates me because there is no easy button or step model for success. Although safety is often seen as auditing, behavioral correction, common sense, and discipline, it is truly about people, their […]

Read More