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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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Tree Care: Arborist Safety Tips

Tree work can seem like a natural addition to your existing services, especially if clients are requesting it. However, tree care work can be dangerous and should only be conducted by well-trained arborists who are familiar with safety and industry best practices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tree worker accidents are three […]

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How I Do It: Maintaining a Safety Culture Across the Country

Aspen Grove Landscape Companies services a number of commercial clients across the U.S. through their family of regional landscape companies located in various markets. They have also consistently earned the ‘Best of the Best’ award in the NALP Safety Recognition Awards. This distinction is earned by companies who have maintained the Overall Safety Achievement Award […]

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Ladders and Safety

Do you know someone who has fallen off a ladder? Did it happen on one of your jobs? Was it you? Was there an injury? Perhaps it has never happened to you and you have only heard about it while cringing through the gory details. I believe we all recognize that ladder use is an […]

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New NIOSH Study Shows Increase in Serious Injuries in the Landscape Industry

A recent study based on workers’ compensation data from Ohio and other states identified common factors leading to injuries and illnesses in the landscaping services industry. Researchers with NIOSH and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OHBWC) published in this study some well-known hazards, along with some that are less recognized. Of the 18,037 workers’ […]

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Landscape Safety: Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

Working in the heat of summer can cause lawn and landscape workers to become sick from occupational heat exposure if proper preventative measures are not taken. There are a range of heat-related illnesses that can affect anyone regardless of their age, physical condition, or experience working in the heat. Most outdoor fatalities, 50 to 70 […]

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Landscape Companies Can Benefit From a Mobility and Stretch Routine

Implementing a mobility and stretch routine at your company can help your business and employees on a number of different levels. Body activation Starting the day off with a mobility and stretch routine can help employees prepare for the day ahead by activating their bodies before physical activity. Creating consistency with the program will allow […]

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