A Strong Safety Culture is Key
Annually the tree care industry has one of the highest rates of accidents per hour worked according to OSHA. Our job can create multiple exposures to employee injury or property damage on a daily basis.
At Wachtel Tree Science we continually invest in the safety of our people and company. We hold weekly safety meetings covering a review of near hits and accidents along with a training topic related to our work. Our safety program is guided by a Safety Coordinator and Safety Committee made up of employees. Three of our employees are Certified Tree Care Safety Professionals – an industry sponsored program. Employees are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR and we have first aid kits in all of our vehicles along with many other safety related investments.
We are dedicated to focusing on developing this strong culture; a culture that we feel is positively driven towards safe work practices. The process is never truly completed, but needs to be continually re-enforced. Management and ownership work to stay continually involved and give value to concerns raised by employees. New and current employees are asked to have an open mind to the challenges of working in our dynamic and exposure filled field. We understand that it is important to re-evaluate our old practices and pay attention to observations made by employees in order to create a safe and open environment. We know it is important to take action to effect change or empower our people to make the change. Safety is No Accident.
In 2010 Wachtel employees put in over 2,350 hours improving our tree knowledge and covering safety issues. In the past five years we have received 6 safety awards from the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association, two Safety Awards from the Tree Care Industry Association and five awards from the Wisconsin Safety Council.
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