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Strategic Risk Management: Exploring the Viability of Captive Insurance for Landscape Businesses

If your lawn or landscape company is operating safely and efficiently, it can be frustrating as your insurance rates continue to rise despite your lack of individual claims. One alternative to traditional insurance is to participate in a captive insurance program. In a traditional insurance model, businesses purchase policies from independent carriers, and then the […]

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Protecting Your Business: Ingraining Defensive Driving Tactics

Even with the best route density, your crews spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel. One way to help reduce the risk of accidents occurring while they’re out in the field is to train them in defensive driving tactics. “No matter how skilled a driver is, the road is littered with potential hazards, […]

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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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Are Commercial Autonomous Mowers Safe?

Safety is paramount in the landscape maintenance business and even when you take human operators out of the equation, you still have to consider how robotic mowers will perform around pedestrians and other obstacles. Autonomy in Mowers Versus Cars A primary concern that can keep lawn and landscape companies hesitant about implementing robotic mowers is […]

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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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A Spotlight on Industry Stars

From synergy in acquisitions, safety, strategic growth or sustainability, these industry companies are stand-outs. Synergy Star Since Mariani Landscape decided to be the best residential landscape company in the world with their “family of family companies” in December 2020, they have added 12 family-owned companies to their organization. They also created the Mariani Premier Group […]

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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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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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