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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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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 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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