Not all aspects of landscaping are easy to undertake. Indeed, some elements require the use of equipment and practices that can present potentially dangerous issues if they are not performed in an appropriate manner. With this in mind, if you are planning on undertaking a more significant landscaping effort, that requires the use of potentially dangerous equipment or support materials, you need resources to permit you the ability to engage in the best safety practices.
You really need to be aware of appropriate safety practices associated with a landscaping task whether you hire a professional for the project or intend to do it yourself. One resource you can access when it comes to safety information of all types that can be useful for your own landscaping endeavors is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, of OSHA.
OSHA exists to establish and maintain safety standards in certain workplaces in the United States. Although the agency does have that as its primary mission, the educational and informational resources prepared and presented by OSHA can provide invaluable guidance to you as you embark on certain types of landscaping projects, whether at your home or your own business.
Landscaping, OSHA Resources, and a Professional Service Provider
Depending on a number of factors, a landscaping company can fall within the province of OSHA. In other words, there are landscaping enterprises that must comply with OSHA standards I regard to their employees and safety issues.
If you retain the services of landscaping company that must comply with OSHA safety requirements, the owner and management of the firm must ensure compliance with the standards established by the agency. With that said, that reality does not completely relieve you of at least some responsibility for the safety of workers who come onto your property to undertake a job.
You have what is known as a duty of care to protect people invited onto your premises from an unreasonable risk of being harmed. In other words, you can not permit workers on your property for a landscaping job to be exposed to some sort of danger. You need to take reasonable steps to ensure that your property is generally safe and secure.
Even if you are contracting out landscaping work on your property, you are wise to review the safety information and materials available at the OSHA website that pertain to the types of activities that will be occurring on your premises. You protect your own legal interests by taking this step to ensure that you maintain a relatively safe environment overall when you invite workers to enter your property to perform work on your behalf and for your benefit.
Landscaping, OSHA, and a Do-It-Yourself Project
If you have the background and desire required, you may be interested in embarking on a do-it-yourself landscaping project on your own. As mentioned previously, OSHA resources can prove insightful in your own personal efforts to maintain safe practices in a do-it-yourself landscaping effort.
If you plan a more significant landscaping project, that involves the use of certain types of equipment or other items than can be dangerous — like scaffolding — OSHA can be a great informational and educational resource for you. You can access a full spectrum of information and educational resources available from OSHA at the agency’s website. There is no charge for accessing and utilizing these materials. In addition, the OSHA website is easy to maneuver.
You understandably may be like many people and believe that safety guidelines that accompany equipment you may have purchased or rented for a project will suffice to advise you or what to do to keep safe when working. In reality, time and again, this safety information can be abbreviated, and shortened to a point that it misses something key or important. For this reason, you tend to better protect your own safety and welfare by doing a bit more research on safety issues associated with a particular type of equipment.
In taking this added step of accessing information through a resource like OSHA, you may find that there are certain elements of your home improvement project that warrant professional assistance. The assembly of scaffolding provides a good example.
A primary reason why a person ends up injured using scaffolding is because the planks or supports give way. This oftentimes is the result of errors in assembly. You can minimize this risk by utilizing professional assistance in the assembly of scaffolding for your landscaping job.
In the final analysis, by utilizing resources, like those available from OSHA, you enhance your landscaping work environment. You make your landscaping job safer, whether pursued by you or a contractor you hire.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.