Workers' Comp for the Landscaping Industry

With over 1,000 businesses of all sizes in the state, the landscaping and nursery industry is a crucial part of Rhode Island's economy. While these businesses provide beautiful landscapes and plants for our communities, they also come with inherent risks.

Common injuries in the landscaping industry include slip and falls, strains and sprains, and exposure to harmful chemicals. In addition, many businesses hire seasonal employees who may not have the necessary training or experience to safely perform their job duties. Keeping these employees safe is not only important for their well-being, but also for the success of the business. 

Beacon is proud to serve numerous landscapers and nursery operators throughout Rhode Island and neighboring communities. Our experience has given us a deep understanding of what it takes to keep your workplace safe. Our focus is on proactively preventing frequent incidents such as slips, trips, and falls, as well as repetitive motion injuries and accidents related to machinery and equipment.

For 30 years, we have been providing workers' compensation insurance to the majority of landscapers in Rhode Island. We know the industry and the challenges  your company faces, and our team is here to support you and your employees.


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Safety Training 

Beacon offers educational seminars and webinars at no additional cost to our policyholders.  OSHA 10 General Industry Certification is just one of those courses, which is available online and in-person.  The online training is offered in both English and Spanish languages.  The National Safety Council’s Defensive Driver Course (DDC-4) may also be of benefit to workers in the landscaping industry.

In addition, Beacon offers OSHA 10 General Industry Courses several times a year in-person as well as online OSHA 10-hour webinars  to enable your employees to earn the 10-hour certification. We also offer this course in online in Spanish!

The Beacon Online University features more than 100 core health & safety courses, including Landscape Safety and Chainsaw Safety.  The online campus allows all employees to learn the latest information on workplace safety by offering courses for all types of workplace exposures.


Developing a Safety Program

Landscaping is considered a hazardous industry due to the nature of the work involved. Landscaping workers often work with dangerous machinery, sharp tools, and chemicals that can cause harm. Additionally, they must work outdoors in all types of weather, which can increase the risk of accidents.

The most common injuries that occur in landscaping are related to the use of equipment such as lawn mowers, trimmers, and chainsaws. Workers can suffer from cuts, lacerations, and amputations if they are not properly trained or if the equipment is not maintained correctly. Another common type of injury is related to lifting heavy objects, which can cause strains and sprains.

In addition to physical injuries, landscaping workers can also suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke if they are working in hot weather conditions. They can also be exposed to chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, which can cause skin irritation and respiratory problems.

To prevent injuries in the landscaping industry, it is important for workers to receive proper training on how to use equipment safely and to wear appropriate protective gear. Employers should also implement safety measures such as providing shade and water for workers during hot weather and ensuring that chemicals are properly labeled and stored. By creating a safety program, companies can identify and mitigate these risks, ensuring that their employees can work safely.



Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association Partnership

Beacon Mutual is proud to partner with the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA). Under this partnership, Beacon policyholders who are RINLA members and meet the qualifying criteria can take part in a shared earnings program that rewards them with a return premium based on their safety performance.

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"You have always taken good care of anyone that was injured. Your safety training options are also important to my company."