Web Extra: SafetyWatch in Spanish (workplace violence)

November 20, 2017By

The following is a Spanish version of Safety Watch for the November 2017 issue of Landscape Management. It discusses how to avoid workplace violence. Click here for the original Safety Watch in English or see page 14 of the magazine. Evita la violencia en el lugar de trabajo La violencia en el lugar de trabajo se define como la fuerza... read more

SafetyWatch: Avoid workplace violence

November 20, 2017By

Workplace violence is defined as physical force, an attempt at physical force or a threat of physical force by someone against a worker in a workplace that causes or could cause harm to the worker. Keep in mind, things don’t have to become physical to be considered violent. If you are dealing with an agitated person, remember that getting out... read more

SafetyWatch: Trim safely

October 17, 2017By

To run a trimmer safely, operators must wear various pieces of personal protection equipment. These items include safety glasses with side shields; ear plugs or muffs; gloves, if conditions call for them; pants; a shirt or jacket that fits firmly with no strings, frills or dangling straps; and approved safety shoes or boots with nonslip soles, a protected toe and... read more

SafetyWatch: Fuel container filling tips

September 20, 2017By

It’s important to train team members about fuel containers—sometimes called gas cans or jerry cans—that are typically used in the landscape business. They’re often red, and will have a “UL” mark designating them as safe to use for portable fuel storage. Some cans will be a different color to denote a different fuel. For example, diesel fuel is sometimes stored... read more

SafetyWatch: Chainsaw safety tips

September 1, 2017By

Making a poor choice or a simple mistake when using a chainsaw can result in serious injury to you or bystanders and can cause significant property damage. Never use a chainsaw if you’re unsure of your abilities or feel unsafe. Don’t work above your skill level, and never operate a chainsaw without proper training. Consult with your manager or supervisor... read more

SafetyWatch: Walk-behind aerator operation

July 12, 2017By

Operating a walk-behind aerator, even though it’s self-propelled, requires effort, especially when turning the machine. You must raise the tines from the ground, turn the machine, then lower the lever to allow the tines to begin penetrating again. Slight, gradual turns don’t require the tines to be lifted, but if you make a sharp turn with the tines in the... read more