In 2007 the leadership of Signature Landscapes identified a number of strategies required to put our company mission and core values into action. With a full staff of 200-plus laborers working with dangerous tools and equipment every day, it was quickly decided substantial success would be achieved through the development and implementation of a robust, company-wide Safety Education and Enforcement program.
Specifically we wanted to address and provide credence to the two following:
1) Excerpt from our mission statement:
Providing innovative landscape solutions, enriching our community with service though valued and exceptional employees with a commitment to influential industry leadership.
2) Excerpt from our core values:
- Teamwork made up of exceptional employees with quality and pride in their work
- Create opportunity for personal, professional and company growth
- To have a profitable company to build value, and ensure our future
- Be the industry leader in all that we do
Our safety program is centered on two key areas: Accident Prevention and Safety Education.
Accident prevention is considered a primary importance in all phases of operation and administration. To ensure these goals are met, procedures have been put into place and are enforced daily since program inception.
Safety education comes in a variety of formats and frequencies. Due to the transient nature of our employee pool, a simple education program has paid off and safety continues to be a top training topic every season. Each new topic is hand delivered weekly to every employee and followed up with a manager’s discussion and overview of the subject.
Topics are prioritized by historical recurrence as well as event driven. For example, just 18 months ago, a tragic accident occurred on a local freeway (not Signature related) where a couch flew off of a trailer only to cause a horrible accident and loss of life. The next business day our teams were instructed in the proper tie-down procedures for large loads.
Insurance-related claims have dropped 20% and hospital visits due to accidents are down 45% since 2008. Automotive incidents have substantially decreased since the program launch. Employees can quickly reference any safety topic or procedure by reviewing a complete Safety Reference binder in each division’s ready-room. Signage is also posted around the building to alert and educate employees on key safety topics.