Safety First: Lessons from the Field

safety in landscaping Apr 18, 2024

As a contractor with over 20 years of experience in the green industry, I've seen firsthand the dangers that come with this line of work. From mowers flinging rocks at high speeds to excavators tipping over on job sites, there's no shortage of hazards out there. That's why on my latest podcast episode, I really wanted to drive home the importance of safety.

We heard from one guest about how even something as routine as driving to and from jobs each day is risky, with distracted motorists posing a threat to those of us working alongside busy roads. It's so easy to take for granted that we'll make it home safely to our families each night. But as another speaker pointed out, no one has promised us that will be the case. Their powerful message really struck a chord.

In addition to safety, I also chatted with my wife Brittany about the value of appreciating each moment we have with our loved ones. As business owners, it's all too easy to leave an argument unresolved in our haste...

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The Importance of Safety Equipment in Landscaping

Landscaping might seem like a harmless job, but accidents can happen at any time. Whether it's a small injury or a major incident, it's important to be prepared for any situation. This is why having the proper safety equipment is crucial. In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of safety equipment in landscaping based on a true story shared by landscaping professional, John Pajak on Kid Contractor Podcast episode #312.


In 2016, John had a brand new lawnmower with a Kohler engine. While doing leaf cleanup, leaves started piling up on top of the horizontally mounted muffler. This led to a fire breaking out, but fortunately, John had recently purchased new fire extinguishers and was able to put out the fire before it caused any serious damage. John realized the importance of having the right safety equipment readily available and easily accessible.


This incident is just one example of the need for lawn care professionals to have basic safety equipment such as...

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