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Protecting Your Business: How To Create a Comprehensive Crisis Management Plan

Nothing in life is certain and without a crisis management plan in place, particular tragedies and crises can be debilitating for your business. “If you have a vision for your company, then part of the vision should withstand possible scenarios that you’re going to encounter,” says Joe Lewis, LIC, chief operating officer for Yard Solutions, […]

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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 […]

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How Massey Services Came Back From a Cybersecurity Attack

The possibility of a cybersecurity attack is probably not one of your number one concerns when you’re running your business. Labor shortages, rising material costs and demanding clients are all pressing matters that keep you occupied. Even if you have a dedicated IT team, this doesn’t automatically eliminate the chance of a cybersecurity attack. Adam […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Safety Culture: Learning from Close Calls Incidents

Everyone has had a close call at one time or another. While it’s a relief when no property is damaged and no personal injuries occur, if you and your team don’t take the time to analyze these events, the factors that contributed to a close call are like to recur. The next time, it could […]

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Safety Culture: Preparing Your Business for Natural Disasters

It’s typical to think of your home when it comes to emergency preparedness, but your business should also have a plan and procedures in place to ensure it can recover from natural disasters as well. Having an emergency preparedness plan can make the difference between staying in business afterwards or losing everything. According to FEMA, […]

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Safety Culture: Implementing a Buddy System

As you grow your team or deal with turnover, one thing you have to deal with is training your new hires and bringing them up to speed. Safety is also critical for these new employees. In their first month on the job, these employees are three times more at risk for a lost-time injury than […]

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Safety Culture: Stretching to Prevent Strains and Sprains

Strains and sprains are common injuries that can occur in the landscape industry, but they can also be easily prevented with simple stretching techniques. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) account for more than 30 percent of all nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases each year. Employers pay $20 billion annually in direct workers’ compensation costs. This […]

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Four Ways to Keep Crews Engaged in Safety

When it comes to the workplace, it’s essential to encourage and enforce safety among employees to create a more comfortable and secure environment. However, it can be hard to keep your employees engaged in safety training. When your employees are not committed to establishing a safe work atmosphere, they put themselves and their co-workers at […]

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