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Lost in the woods

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I spend most of last week in Colorado visiting with the ALCC and attending the OPEI annual meeting. I learned a lot from both groups, but on my return, I found this post from an Ohio ex-pat that I found very useful considering that much of the state is on fire.

From the Oregon State Library, a 1946 U.S. Forest Service guide on what to do do when you’re lost in the woods (emphasis mine):

  1. Stop, sit down and try to figure out where you are. Use your head, not your legs.
  2. If caught by night, fog or a storm, stop at once and make camp in a sheltered spot. Build a fire in a safe place. Gather plenty of dry fuel.
  3. Don’t wander about. Travel only down hill.
  4. If injured, choose a clear spot on a promontory and make a signal smoke.
  5. Don’t yell, don’t run, don’t worry, and above all, don’t quit.

And, if you don’t often find yourself in the woods, I think the same advice applies pretty well to your business, too.


June 26th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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Top 10 OSHA violations

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Steve Cesare sent us this list of OSHA’s most frequently cited workplace safety and health violations for fiscal year 2011. This list applies to all industries, not just landscaping, but as the government starts discussing tighter restrictions on the use of cell phones by drivers, it’s a good time to start thinking about your company’s approach to safety.

The top 10, starting with the most frequent violations are as follows:

  1. Fall protection in construction,
  2. Scaffolding in construction,
  3. Hazard communication,
  4. Respiratory protection,
  5. Lockout/tagout,
  6. Electrical wiring methods,
  7. Powered industry trucks,
  8. Ladders in construction,
  9. Electrical general requirements, and
  10. Machine guarding.

Steve is a PH.D. in industrial psychology and an HR expert with the Harvest Group. His series, on the top 10 HR mistakes landscapers make, ran for a good portion of 2011. And, he’s back in January with a new column, House Calls, in our print edition.

Here’s his July piece on how to prevent and respond to OSHA violations.


December 15th, 2011 at 12:58 pm