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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 to Assess the Impact of a Workplace Injury vs Profitability

Lawn and landscape business owners actively look for opportunities to improve business operations. When it comes to evaluating the safety program, a challenge most companies have faced is quantifying the true impact of a workplace injury or illness. OSHA released their “$afety Pays” application to bridge direct and indirect workplace injury cost vs the company’s […]

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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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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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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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Serpico Landscaping Shares How They Are Staying Safe and Operating Lean

Like other landscaping companies currently operating during the pandemic, Serpico Landscaping has rolled out a number of operational practices to keep crews and clients safe. From deep cleaning their facilities and equipment every day to providing masks and gloves for all employees, Serpico says they’re taking COVID-19 safety precautions seriously. While many companies have implemented […]

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