Spring is here and everyone from homeowners to commercial businesses are ready to spruce up their surroundings. This also means landscaping companies are coming out of hibernation. Offering a variety of services from lawn maintenance to ornate landscape design and installation, these companies use a variety of tools, staff and materials.
If you or your employees are performing these services, please keep in mind the following hazards:
In addition to these expected hazards, Mother Nature and the scope of the project can introduce new dangers to a jobsite daily. That means frequent assessments of the site are essential. Teaching employees how to perform a quick job hazard analysis at the beginning of each project can help identify the unique hazards each day on the job presents. Once hazards are identified, confirm that employees have been properly trained to protect themselves from those specific hazards.
Safety considerations should include:
Many elements that put employees at risk are forgotten, including sun exposure, noise, material handling, and even potential language barriers. Addressing all of these risks is too much for one post, but there are a variety of resources and tools designed to help employers identify and avoid these hazards: