April 26, 2024 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Friday Joke (Gardening Tips)


So, I really do love gardening but keep it to plants, trees, solar doodads — no bodies in my garden!

However, even in gardening, workplace accidents are a reality.

And, in the workplace in the last decade, accidents involving near-death or fatalities have occurred at a unconscionable pace. The 2021 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries tells us, “A worker died every 101 minutes from a work-related injury in 2021.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) latest report, December 16, 2022, released the following about workplace fatalities, the BLS report “reveals the highest annual rate since 2016. There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021, an 8.9 percent increase from 4,764 in 2020.”

And about gardening and landscaping, let’s look at the numbers the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled for landscaping services and the injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

The chart below from BLS provides the following information about gardening (landscaping) :

  1. Industry
  2. NAICS code
  3. Total fatal injuries (number)
  4. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
  5. Transportation incidents
  6. Fires and explosions
  7. Falls, slips, trips
  8. Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  9. Contact with object and equipment
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So, you see, even gardening and landscaping has its workplace dangers.

Learn to be an Effective Problem-Solver

Why do we recommend spending time investigating low consequence incidents? Because under different circumstances or with one or two more failed Safeguards, a low consequence incident could be a big problem. The TapRooT® System is built around this philosophy. Companies should learn from small problems (we call them “precursor incidents“). Thus, we developed three main courses to train your problem-solvers.

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